Vicariant en Français. Vicarious in English. What a strange word! It’s a concept and I put it here very simply, as a tool, or a seed. Do what you want with it.
Vicarious : Experienced through somebody or something else.
It’s all about learning, first.
There are many ways of learning. Albert Bandura was interested by one of them : observational learning. A way to learn is by watching others.
Social learning theory : learning is a cognitive process that takes place in a social context and can occur through observation.
Vicarious can be extended to other things.
For example : in the night your eyes can’t see, so you use your hands to “grope for” (en Français on dit “Chercher à Tâtons”, ain’t it cute?).
Vicarious : Experienced throught something else. To replace a function by another.
Think about this now :
Empathy is a vicariance, a Metaphor is a vicariance (a word for another), a Trauma can be vicarious (traumatised because you helped traumatised people), an Emulator is vicariant, and a Impostor is vicarious, etc. Once you have this tool, you can use it elsewhere.
Ref : Alain Berthoz, la Vicariance
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I’m living vicariously through your pictures in Lille…