Core Concepts in Classical Psychoanalysis: Clinical, Research Evidence and Conceptual Critiques

1st Edition

Morris N. Eagle

Published November 17, 2017
Reference - 318 Pages
ISBN 9781138842502 - CAT# Y174523
Series: Psychological Issues

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In Core Concepts in Classical Psychoanalysis, alongside its companion piece Core Concepts in Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Morris N. Eagle asks: of the core concepts and formulations of psychoanalytic theory, which ones should be retained, which should be modified and in what ways, and which should be discarded?

The key concepts and issues explored in this book include:

  • Unconscious processes and research on them - what evidence is there for a dynamic unconscious?
  • Is there a universal Oedipus complex?
  • The importance of inner conflict.
  • The concept of defense.

Unlike other previous discussions of these concepts, this book systematically evaluates them in the light of conceptual critique as well as recent research based evidence and empirical data.

Written with Eagle’s piercing clarity of voice, Core Concepts in Classical Psychoanalysis challenges previously unquestioned psychoanalytic assumptions and will appeal to psychoanalysts, psychoanalytic psychotherapists, and anyone interested in integrating core psychoanalytic concepts, research, and theory with other disciplines including psychiatry, psychology, and social work.


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