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There has recently been a flurry of theoretical activity in
affective neuroscience and neuropsychoanalysis. This book argues
that the ability to integrate biological and psychological levels
of understanding is inhibited by two important issues. First is the
assumption made by most theorists that physical and mental
phenomena are essentially different ("the Hard Problem"). Second,
is the ambiguity of the widely used "Affect Concept".
Ideas about the autonomic nervous system are integrated with those
from the author''s previous textA Basic Theory of
Neuropsychoanalysis.The Realisation of Conceptsis
based on four key assumptions: (1) There is no "Hard Problem"; (2)
Motivational theory and cognitive theory can be integrated to
create more valid models of body, brain and mind interactions; (3)
"Affect Concepts" are superfluous and work to inhibit theory
integration; and, (4) Affect theory developed as a "compromise
formation" in response to radical reductionism.
Dynamic parasympathetic braking processes are seen as centrally
important causes of competence to use semantic self and
nonself-concepts to regulate sensory data, feelings, other
concepts, and overt behavior. A model is presented which describes
how levels of sympathetic arousal and parasympathetic tone interact
to cause normal, pathological and highly competent brain and mind
states. Combining talk therapies with real time biofeedback data is
described as a method for enhancing the parasympathetic tone.