n South African Journal of Psychiatry - Freudian unconscious and cognitive neuroscience, Vesa Talvitie : book review
|Article Title||Freudian unconscious and cognitive neuroscience, Vesa Talvitie : book review|
|Journal||South African Journal of Psychiatry|
|Affiliations||1 University of the Witwatersrand|
|Publication Date||Jan 2011|
|Pages||94 - 96|
ISI Social Science
'... [T]he psychological unconscious documented by latter-day scientific psychology is quite different from what Sigmund Freud and his psychoanalytic colleagues had in mind in fin de siècle Vienna. Their unconscious was hot and wet; it seethed with lust and anger; it was hallucinatory, primitive, and irrational. The unconscious of contemporary psychology is kinder and gentler than that and more reality bound and rational, even if it is entirely cold and dry.'
Kihlstrom, Barnhardt and Tataryn (p. 789), quoted in Talvitie (p. 2)
It was this 'hot and wet' perception of Freud's notion of the unconscious that first attracted me to psychoanalysis. However, the question regarding whether, when neuroscientists speak of unconscious processing, they are speaking in the same terms as psychoanalysts or not, has become of increasing interest to me. It was, therefore, my sense that Talvitie's work served as something of a bridge between the two paradigms that drew me to it.
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