Some Epistemological Aspects of Mental Functioning

  • Elsa Schmid-Kitsikis


Much of our research to date has been related to psychoanalytical and clinical aspects of symbolic and emotional development as related to the rational progress toward knowledge. Although somewhat tangential to the large body of Piagetian research, the concepts of symbolism and imagination are not antithetical, particularly to Piaget’s early work. The current study presents some recent clinical experimental research concentrated on the following areas:
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    The problems of the relations between primary and secondary processes

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    The analysis of the factors, movements, and results of the mental process during sublimation

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    The role and significance of these factors in the development of thought and rational activity



Primary Process Secondary Process Mental Functioning Emotional Development External Reality 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Elsa Schmid-Kitsikis
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  1. 1.Faculty of Psychology and the Educational SciencesUniversity of GenevaGeneva 4Switzerland

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