«LIKE IN A SHELL» INTERAFFECTIVITY AND SOCIAL COGNITION IN ASPERGER’S SYNDROME
Keywords:Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, Georg Frankl, Interaffectivity, Intercorporeality, Treatments, Affective Contact, Affective Language
In this paper, I argue that the real limitation of Asperger’s subjects lies in ntercorporeality and interaffectivity, that is, in the pre-reflective, intersubjective engagement with others. I begin by first drawing on the work of the psychiatrist Georg Frankl, and I describe this engagement in terms of “affective language” and “affective contact”. In the second part of the paper I emphasize how Frankl’s account can be coherent with a phenomenological perspective on sociality. In closing I propose a therapeutic technique aimed at strengthening the intercorporeal, affective abilities of the subjects.
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