From Classical to Contemporary Psychoanalysis: A Critique by Morris N. Eagle

By Morris N. Eagle

The panorama of psychoanalysis has replaced, now and then dramatically, within the hundred or so years given that Freud first started to imagine and write approximately it. Freudian thought and ideas have risen, fallen, advanced, mutated, and differently transformed themselves within the palms and minds of analysts internationally, leaving us with a theoretically pluralistic (yet threateningly multifarious) diffusion of psychoanalytic viewpoints.

To assist in making experience of all of it, Morris Eagle units out to significantly reevaluate basic psychoanalytic ideas of concept and perform in a topical demeanour. starting in the beginning, he reintroduces Freud's principles in chapters at the brain, item kin, psychopathology, and therapy; he then ways an analogous subject matters by way of extra modern psychoanalytic faculties. In each one bankruptcy, even if, there's an underlying emphasis on id and integration of converging subject matters, that is reemphasized within the ultimate bankruptcy. appropriate empirical learn findings are used all through, hence easy suggestions - such as repression - are reexamined within the gentle of extra modern advancements.

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Perception and reality There is a seeming paradox in Freud’s view of cognition. On the one hand, as noted, cognition, including perception, is ultimately in the service of drive gratification. That is, the wish is always a motivational force in cognition, and on the other hand, Freud held what can be called a replica theory of perception. That is, he appeared to believe that perception, when functioning adequately, pretty much directly reflects reality. The seeming paradox is the following one: If the wish and its potential distorting influences are ever present in cognition, how can one, at the same time, maintain that perception mirrors reality?

The concept of drive organization of cognition can be understood as a subcategory of the general phenomenon of state-dependent cognition. That is, there is much evidence that different aspects of cognition are influenced by the state in which the cognition takes place. For example, if, through hypnosis, a negative mood is induced in the individual, memories marked by negative affect are more likely to be accessible to consciousness (Bower, 1981). This fi nding parallels the common observation that depressed individuals have ready access to negative memories, a phenomenon suggesting the organization of memory along the dimension of the individual’s dominant affect.

For example, looking at or smelling food can stimulate feelings of hunger and looking at sexual stimuli can increase sexual arousal. In short, there is a circular causal relation in which drive state can influence perceptual salience and in which perceptual experience can influence drive state. It is obvious that advertisers rely on and exploit this property of mental functioning. Also, the overwhelming frequency of sexual and aggressive themes in movie previews attests to their role in enhancing perceptual interest and salience.

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