Constructive Semiosis Is the Core of the Human Psyche

  • Jaan Valsiner
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Psychology book series (BRIEFSPSYCHOL)


Human beings create signs in order to make it possible for themselves to make sense of the uncertainty of facing the future within irreversible time. The latter guarantees open-endedness of the human psyche through the unity of pre-constructive imagination and reconstructive memory processes. This unity of the past (memory) and future (imagination) is the universal basic process for all human beings. Culture is a meta-concept in universal human science providing room for various theoretical perspectives that are at the level of abstraction of other basic sciences.


Semiosis Reconstructive memory Pre-constructive imagination Culture as meta-concept Irreversible time 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jaan Valsiner
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  1. 1.Department of Communication and PsychologyAalborg UniversitetAalborgDenmark

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