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This volume represents the junction where philosophy, science, and psychoanalysis meet and presents arguments critical and supportive of the scientific standing of psychoanalysis. Detaljer ISBN Product format.

Psychoanalytic theory

Product language. Dine kundeopplysninger oppbevares sikkert hos oss. This book addresses the psychoanalytic concept of mind in the 21st century via a joint scientific and philosophical appraisal of psychoanalytic theory. It provides a fresh critical appraisal and reflection on Freudian concepts, as well as addressing how current evidence and scientific thinking bear upon Freudian theory. The book centres upon the major concepts in psychoanalysis, including the notion of unconscious mental processes and wish-fulfilment and their relationship to dreams, fantasy, attachment processes, and neuroscience.


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Since Gedo is not concerned with the identification of the different steps and their progression, neither shall I, but is is hard to avoid questioning the meaning of right or left hemisphere dominance and its manifestations, since the anatomo-physiological evolution of the brain in the newborn is harmonic and continuous rather than localized and stepwise. Even is we skip this problematic part of the theory, and stick to its psychoanalytical implications, which Gedo discusses at length, problems and inconsistencies abound, and the final theory is more obsolete today than Freud's original was in To demonstrate this point, we can compare the neurological development with the evolution of psychical defenses, a cornerstone of psychoanalysis.

Psychoanalysis: Freud's Revolutionary Approach

Thus we learn that withdrawal is characteristic of step I, projective identification of step II, disavowal of step III, repression of step IV and, finally, renunciation of step V p. Gedo mantains that adult patients may present any of these defensive mechanisms in relation to their fixation to the corresponding phase of their infancy, in the best Freudian tradition; however, a grave inconsistency of the theory follows immediately, for how is it possible that an adult, with a fully myelinized corpus callosum can regress to the function of an infant whose corpus callosum is immature?

In Gedo's theory regression and fixation are impossible because of their very link to anatomical conditions of the newborn or the infant child; nevertheless, they are constantly invoked as an explanation of nevrotic symptoms. Moreover, the theory suggests that regression is induced by those pathological conditions in which the corpus callosum is damaged, e. Regression does not occur in these instances, or at least no psychoanalyst ever described it, but an even greater problem it is that Gedo fails to address the point.

It is unnecessary to multiply the examples of the inconsistencies between the different parts of the theory, but it may be worth noting that Freud had been wise enough to introduce metapsychology as a flexible joint between neuroanatomy and psychology, exactly to allow room for a florid, overgrown theory that could not be nailed to the limitations of an unyielding science like neuroanatomy.

If metapsychology is untenable and needs be abandoned, either one switches to the hermeneutic side, cutting on the pretences of scientific objectivity, or one trims the theory to a level compatible with neurology, psychiatry and psychology. Gedo does neither and pretends to root psychoanalysis directly on neurology, e. He leaves to the "cognate sciences" the burden of the proof, and neglecting that these sciences have already demonstrated that psychiatric diseases are not associated to characteristic lesions of the brain.

Epub The Foundations Of Psychoanalytic Theories Project For A Scientific Enough Psychoanalysis 2012

Overall, the book is representative of a current of psychoanalytical theorizing that we may define oblivious: he writes as if no criticism had ever been raised against the theory, and is only concerned with the disagreements internal to the community of psychoanalysts. We feature over in-depth reviews of a wide range of books and DVDs written by our reviewers from many backgrounds and perspectives.

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