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Interpassivity is the act of projecting one's own self onto remote objects, that is, onto people or things, in so doing delegating the sensation to that person or object.[not verified in body] Robert Pfaller, professor of philosophy at the university of Linz elaborated the theory of interpassivity within the fields of cultural studies and psychoanalysis.[1][better source needed]

Examples are paid keening, canned laughter, the Tibetan prayer wheel.[2] Juha Suoranta and Tere Vadén, working on the basis of Pfaller's and Zizek's insights, stress interpassivity's potential of "[changing] into its negative when illusory interactivity produces passivity".[3]


  1. ^ Robert Pfaller, Illusionen der Anderen, Frankfurt: Suhrkamp 2003
  2. ^ Slavoj Žižek, How to Read Lacan. The Interpassive Subject: Lacan Turns a Prayer Wheel. [1]
  3. ^ Juha Suoranta and Tere Vadén (2010). Wikiworld, Pluto Press, p. 133