Enactments in Transference: Embodiment, Trauma and Depression. What Have Psychoanalysis and the Neurosciences to Offer to Each Other

  • Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber


The current controversy within psychoanalysis whether or not ‘historical truth’ plays a role in successful patient treatment is fuelled by neuroscientific research in the field of Embodied Cognitive Science. The insights from the neurosciences provide an objective aspect to the subjective, ‘narrative’ aspect so important in psychoanalytical therapy. The author concludes that memory is always based on new and idiosyncratic (hermeneutic) narratives that take place in interactional situations in the present, which nevertheless contain traces of historical truth. Leuzinger-Bohleber regards neuroscientific findings of neuroscience as coherent with those from psychoanalysis, and, therefore, stresses the importance of prevention and early intervention, especially in light of new epigenetic research.


Patient treatment Embodied Cognitive Science Enactment Trauma Sexual abuse Memory Epigenetics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sigmund-Freud-InstitutFrankfurt am MainGermany

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