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Chapter 3: Co-Constructing the Mind Socially: Beyond a Communion

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Co-Constructing the Mind Socially: Beyond a Communion
Co-constructing the mind socially: Beyond a communion

Communion1 is a poor theoretical idea for psychology. Its centrality in the histories of religions is understandable as it operates to bind a person to a belief system through shared rituals. Its goal is homogenization of the social world—a necessary condition for any institution to execute its social control. In contrast, the actual life—characterized by development—is built on the opposite process of heterogenization, a proliferation of qualitative differences both within and between individuals.2 All biological, psychological, and social processes are oriented towards constant heterogenization, which, in other terms, amounts to a constant breaking of the communion. In order for new forms—in psyche or society—to develop, the possibility to counter-act any homogeneity is ...

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