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117 Psychoanalysis and Neuropsychoanalysis – 2 seminars

Seminar Leader: Dr. J. Deutsch

Course Description

In these two seminars, participants will be encouraged to develop a critical approach to current developments in psychoanalysis and Neuroscience.

Course Objectives

Candidates will be able to:

  1. To incorporate into a metapsychological psychoanalytic model the many notions including quantity, drive, intensity, excitation, inhibition, integration, defence, and other concepts that allow more straightforward translations between psychoanalysis and neuroscience. This incorporates CRPO competencies (1.1): Integrating knowledge of development and contextual and systemic factors that facilitate or impair human functioning.
  2. To grapple with and appreciate the tension, faced by Freud and followers, between whole person, subjective, and relational approaches on the one hand; and the objective realities of mind-brain embedded in body and social milieu. Along with this comes caution in accepting implications from methods of investigation that can be limited in their applicability to the subjective point of view. CRPO competencies (5.1) and (5.2) are addressed: Remaining current with professional literature in the field of Neuropsychoanalysis, and analyzing critically and using research findings to inform clinical practice.
  3. To be prepared, in one’s clinical career, to apply the most helpful aspects of the psychoanalytic attitude and method, in the interest of the patient’s maturation and overall health, while both (a) maintaining a skeptical resistance to the temptation of theories that may develop from new findings in neuroscience, and (b) being open to the potential benefits of this new knowledge to our patients. CPRO competencies (5.1) and (5.2) again apply, as well as (1.2).

Seminar 1

Required Readings

Freud, S. (1895). Project for a Scientific Psychology. In The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Vol. 1 (pp. 290-311). Pre-Psycho-Analytic Publications and Unpublished Drafts (1950).

Solms, M. (1993). Summary and discussion of the paper: ‘The neuropsychological organization of dreaming: Implications for psychoanalysis’. Bulletin of the Anna Freud Centre, 16, 149-165.

Katan, A. (1961). Some thoughts about the role of verbalization in early childhood.  The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 16, 184-188.

Seminar 2

Required Readings

Freud, S. (1950). Project for a scientific psychology (1950 [1895]). In The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume I (1886-1899): Pre-Psycho-Analytic Publications and Unpublished Drafts (pp. 311-335).

Solms, M. (2013). The conscious id. Neuropsychoanalysis,15(1), 5-19.

Yovell, Y., Solms, M. & Fotopoulou, A. (2015). The case for neuropsychoanalysis: Why a dialogue with neuroscience is necessary but not sufficient for psychoanalysis. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 96(6),1515–1553.

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