Towards a theoretical model of trajectories and transitions of thought

Pablo FOSSA, María Elisa MOLINA, Lina JACOB, Jan Christian C GUBE, Franziska SAWITZKI

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This article develops a theoretical model about the trajectories and transitions of thought from a perspective of semiotic cultural psychology. An integration between the inner speech theory, concept formation, and dialogical self theory was done to explore the particularity of thought transitions. It is concluded that the thought transits in a vertical and horizontal axis—from an irrevocable past to an uncertain future and from the lower levels of consciousness to the higher levels of thought—determined by the nature of inner speech—structural and semantic—the quality of concept formation process and the different dialogical relationships that occur between the I-positions of the self. It is proposed that it is these dynamics of thought that make it an idiosyncratic, historical, and genetic phenomenon, which makes empirical approaches difficult and influences theorizing about the thinking process. Copyright © 2021 Springer Nature Switzerland AG.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)520-537
JournalHuman Arenas
Issue number3
Early online date04 Jan 2021
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2022


Fossa, P., Molina, M. E., Jacob, L., Gube, J., & Sawitzki, F. (2022). Towards a theoretical model of trajectories and transitions of thought. Human Arenas, 5(3), 520-537. doi: 10.1007/s42087-020-00153-3


  • Transitions
  • Thought
  • Dialogical self
  • Inner speech


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