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Regression: Regression in psychology is a defense mechanism in which a person temporarily or permanently reverts to a behavior or mental state that is characteristic of an earlier developmental stage. See also Stages of development.
Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Paul Ricoeur on Regression - Dictionary of Arguments

I 103
Regression/Freud/dream interpretation/Ricoeur: the aspects of regression are temporal, topical and dynamic.
Ricoeur: What refers us - in this regression - from concepts of meaning to concepts of power is the "short circuit" between the archaic and the 'dreamlike'; because this fantasy is a fantasy of desire. If the dream is drawn to speech because of its narrative character, then
I 104
his relationship to desire brings him back to the side of energy, conatus, desire, will to power, libido, or whatever you want to call it. Thus the dream, as an expression of desire, stands between sense and power. - Condensation and displacement: see >Overdetermination/Ricoeur
, >Terminology/Freud, >Censorship/Ricoeur.
I 106
I 106
Presenting/representation: during condensation and displacement from the falsification of the themes
or "content", "presenting" refers to another aspect of regression, which Freud calls formal regression (as opposed to temporal regression (...)
I 107
and topical regression). But this "presenting" (Darstellung) is suitable for a description in terms of meaning; thus one notices the syntactic collapse, the replacement of all logical relations by pictorial correspondences, the representation of negation (through the unification of opposites in a single object, the mimic or rebus character of the manifest content, as well as the regression to the imagined or concrete image in general; (...).
Problem: "Consideration of representability" („Rücksicht auf Darstellbarkeit“)/Freud: What seems to characterize the dream in this respect is the regression to hallucinatory animation of perception, beyond the memory images. Freud can thus say: The fabric of dream thoughts is dissolved into its raw material during regression.(1)
Ricoeur: But this regression to the image, which we have described as a hallucinatory stimulation of perception, is at the same time an economic phenomenon that can only be expressed as "changes in the energy occupations of the individual systems"(2). >Presentation/Freud/Ricoeur.

1. S. Freud, GW II/III, 549.
2. Ibid.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Ricoeur I
Paul Ricoeur
De L’interprétation. Essai sur Sigmund Freud
German Edition:
Die Interpretation. Ein Versuch über Freud Frankfurt/M. 1999

Ricoeur II
Paul Ricoeur
Interpretation theory: discourse and the surplus of meaning Fort Worth 1976

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