Hands, Words, and Mind: On the Structuralization of Body Movements During Discourse and the Capacity for Verbal Representation

  • Norbert Freedman
Part of the The Downstate Series of Research in Psychiatry and Psychology book series (DSRPP, volume 1)


Harold Bloom (1973), in his quest to depict the relationship of one poet to another, put forth a forceful idea—the anxiety of influence. The poet, in his effort to preserve the integrity of his creative thought, must continually ward off the intrusion of his predecessors. He turns his energies upon himself to retain this autonomy, and often achieves it at terrible cost. The verbal dialogue in human discourse is far from a poetic dialogue, but, it too, is governed by the anxiety of influence.


Focal Attention Cognitive Competence Verbal Representation Blind Individual Focus Movement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Norbert Freedman
    • 1
  1. 1.Downstate Medical CenterBrooklynUSA

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