The Unconscious: A bridge between psychoanalysis and by Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber, Simon Arnold, Mark Solms

By Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber, Simon Arnold, Mark Solms

The Unconscious explores the serious interdisciplinary discussion among psychoanalysis and modern cognitive neuroscience. characterized by means of Freud as ‘the technological know-how of the subconscious mind’, psychoanalysis has regularly been considered as a completely mental self-discipline. although fresh advancements in neuroscience, corresponding to using neuroimaging thoughts to enquire the operating mind, have motivated and intensified the discussion among psychoanalysis and those similar psychological sciences. This ebook explores the relevance of those discussions for our figuring out of subconscious psychological processes.

Chapters current medical case reports of subconscious dynamics, along theoretical and medical papers in key components of present debate and improvement. those comprise discussions of the diversities among conceptualisations of ‘the subconscious’ in psychoanalysis and cognitive technology, even if the center ideas of psychoanalysis are nonetheless believable in mild of modern findings, and the way such understandings of the subconscious are nonetheless correct to treating sufferers in psychotherapy this present day. those questions are explored by means of top interdisciplinary researchers in addition to practicing psychoanalysts and psychotherapists.

This booklet goals to bridge the distance among psychoanalysis and cognitive neuroscience, to allow a greater figuring out of researchers’ and clinicians’ engagements with the most important subject of the subconscious. it will likely be of key curiosity to researchers, teachers and postgraduate scholars within the fields of psychoanalysis, cognitive technological know-how, neuroscience and traumatology. it is going to additionally attract practicing psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and clinicians.

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Freud 1915a). , Glover, G. & Gabrieli, J. (2004) Neural systems underlying the suppression of unwanted memories. Science, 303: 232–235. Bargh, J. & Chartrand, T. (1999) The unbearable automaticity of being. The Am. , 54: 462–479. 34 Mark Solms Carhart-Harris, R. & Friston, K. (2010) The default mode, ego functions and free energy: a neurobiological account of Freudian ideas. Brain, 133: 1265–1283. Damasio, A. (1999) The Feeling of What Happens. New York: Harvest. Damasio, A. (2010) Self Comes to Mind.

Includes all such automatised predictions. This system is not the id; the Ucs. is hived off from the ego. The ‘dynamic’ part of the Ucs. is simply the part of it that malfunctions, that causes prediction errors (causes affect; re-awakens the id). The dynamic (‘repressed’) part of the Ucs. therefore tends to re-attract consciousness. ). This enables the individual (the conscious ego) to think its way through an unsolved problem once more, and then to reconsolidate (to re-automatise in the unconscious ego) the memory traces in question.

Even when they are attached to 24 Mark Solms word-presentations, their becoming conscious is not due to that circumstance, but they become so directly. (1923, pp. 21–3) Two points must be noted here. The first is that research in affective neuroscience strongly suggests that Freud’s ‘something’ can and does become conscious ‘in the place where it is’ (in the upper brainstem and associated subcortical structures). ) display abundant evidence of affective consciousness. ,5 but they are not unconscious.

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