The theory of the Detour
A theory of relativity in psychology


Theory of the Detour
by Michel Cariou


Glossary of notions and concepts of the theory of detour

Translated from French by Besma Barkallah - July 2013
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Play activity by Michel CARIOU - November 2008

The leisure functions, as Wallon explains it for the adult’s play, like a free activity, open to bring up previous activities activities which, since, were subordinated to more recent forms of agreement between organisms/circle. Thus, to play balls made express itself for itself, the sensor-motor function. And it is that what gets the relaxation and the pleasure. But it is also true for higher functions. If playing the bridge or failures, requires some cognitive competences which are only in the adult that remains a play, in the ordinary meaning of Wallon, because the activation of those competences is done free and does not have an adaptive purpose. The pleasure, contrariety, even anger (i.e. a whole pallet of emotions), can be with go and taking into account the absence of adaptive stake, to allow a release of the psychic tension.

But, finally, this form of activity, to be free, does not remain less indirectly adaptive about it. On the one hand, the psychic and physiological benefit that it brings contributes to maintain general stability the organisation and thus to facilitate the energy mobilisation within the framework of the adaptive effort. Indeed, the adaptive activity requires an significant effort which is maintained of as much better in the duration than there are ruptures, structured in terms of leisure. It is there all their direction besides because, to play charts, or another thing, has regenerating value only insofar as this activity is alternate with that guided by the adaptive effort.

In addition, all those activities in which can be expressed the emotion, fall under a context of sociability. They are at the origin of many relational interactions, lived are divided, complicities or competitions. They thus contribute largely to the adaptation to the Other and thus to the recognition of Ego.

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