The Psyche on the Outside

Essays on technology, psycho­analysis, philosophy, design, ideology & Slavoj Žižek


January 24, 2009

The Psyche on the Outside

Maurice Merleau-Ponty:

If I try to study love or hate purely from inner observation, I will find very little to describe: a few pangs, a few heart throbs - in short, trite agitations which do not reveal the essence of love or hate… We must reject the prejudice which makes “inner realities” out of love, hate or anger, leaving them accessible to one single witness: the person who feels them. Anger, shame, hate and love are not psychic facts hidden at the bottom of another’s consciousness: they are types of behavior or styles of conduct which are visible from the outside