Positivity in psychoanalysis
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The concept of positivity or the positive dimension arises from a theoretical procedure based on empirical experience. Observation of the effects produced by interpretative and interrogative digression outside the realm of the symptom is crucial to establishing its underlying psychic and structural conditions. The positive dimension encompasses states, experiences, dialectic movements, and psychic circuits, as well as meta-psychological considerations and functions. In order to have some idea of the sheer diversity of the positive dimension, it is necessary to describe different facets of it as a concept. 'Positivity' includes commonsensical spaces as well as abstract spaces of tentative theorizing. The positive dimension operates on several levels. It seeks to bring forth the positive potential that underlies disturbed mental functioning. Unconscious positivity is repressed or suppressed in terms of representations and affects. When it becomes conscious and explores associative pathways, this dimension can participate in the processes of insight.