Constructing a Mind: A New Base for Psychoanalytic Theory

1st Edition

Antonio Imbasciati

Routledge
Published May 4, 2006
Reference - 296 Pages
ISBN 9781583917671 - CAT# RU7675X

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Summary

Can the Protomental System provide a new foundation for psychoanalytic theory?

Constructing a Mind draws on psychoanalytic theories of mind and recent developments in cognitive science to present the Protomental System, a new and original explanatory theory of the development of the human mind.

This book aims to move psychoanalytic theory away from its origins in Freud's theory, towards a model which gives priority to cognition and memory. This, Antonio Imbasciati argues, will make possible a successful and productive integration of psychoanalysis with other areas of psychology. Subjects covered include:

  • The mind as an information-processing system
  • Constructing the system: from fetus to baby, child, and finally adult
  • The caregiver relationship as a decoding system for information processing
  • The paranoid-schizoid metabolism of information
  • Memory of functions and memory traces of affects
  • Internal information generated by the system
  • The depressive position and learning to know
  • Reparation and thought.

This thoughtful and thorough account of cognitive development provides a conceptual framework that succeeds in making some of the more complex areas of psychoanalytic theory more intelligible.

Constructing a Mind will be of great interest to psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and cognitive psychologists, especially those with an interest in neuropsychology and neonatal development.

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