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Concepts of Empirical and Clinical Research in Psychoanalysis and Neuropsychoanalysis

  • Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber
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Abstract

Psychoanalysis has a long tradition where different concepts have been developed. The beginnings of psychoanalysis focused on psychic mechanisms of various disorders ranging from melancholia to the various forms of neuroses.

Importantly, Freud himself aimed to develop a psychology on a mechanistic basis. Initially, being a neuroanatomist, he considered the brain and, in his 1895 writing of a scientific psychology, wanted to link it to the psychic level. That, following Freud, failed, for which reason he gave up such neuropsychodynamic approach.

The present chapter sketches Freud’s and subsequent developments in psychoanalysis. It finishes with the most recent development of neuropsychoanalysis where it highlights the different approaches including the cognitive-affective approach (Solms, Panksepp) and relational-spatiotemporal as highlighted in this book.

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  1. 1.Sigmund-Freud-InstitutFrankfurtGermany

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