Neuropsychoanalysis in Practice: Brain, Self and Objects

Hardcover | July 9, 2011

byGeorg Northoff

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Is the Ego nothing but our brain? Are our mental and psychological states nothing but neuronal states of our brain? Though Sigmund Freud rejected a neuroscientific foundation for psychoanalysis, recent knowledge in neuroscience has provided novel insights into the brain and its neuronalmechanisms. This has also shed light on how the brain itself contributes to the differentiation between neuronal and psychological states. In Neuropsychoanalysis in Practice , Georg Northoff discusses the various neuronal mechanisms that may enable the transformation of neuronal into psychological states, looking at how these processes are altered in psychiatric disorders like depression and schizophrenia. He focuses specifically onhow the brain is organized and how this organization enables the brain to differentiate between neuronal and psychodynamic states, that is, the brain and the psyche. This leads him to discuss not only empirical issues but also conceptual problems, for instance, the concept of the brain.Neuropsychoanalysis in Practice applies these concepts and mechanisms to explain the various symptoms observed in psychiatric disorders such as depression and schizophrenia. In addition to the empirical issues, he also discusses various conceptual and methodological issues that are relevant inlinking neuroscience and psychoanalysis, developing a novel transdisciplinary framework for linking neuroscience, psychoanalysis and philosophy. This highly original new book will help foster new dialogues between neuroscience, psychoanalysis, and philosophy, and will be fascinating reading for anyone in these disciplines.

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Is the Ego nothing but our brain? Are our mental and psychological states nothing but neuronal states of our brain? Though Sigmund Freud rejected a neuroscientific foundation for psychoanalysis, recent knowledge in neuroscience has provided novel insights into the brain and its neuronalmechanisms. This has also shed light on how the b...

Georg Northoff is a neuroscientist, psychiatrists and philosopher holding degrees in all three fields. Being an endowed chair at the University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research/Canada, he is well known and internationally recognized as one of the leading proponents of interdisciplinary work at the intersection between neu...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 1.1 inPublished:July 9, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionPart I: Conceptual Equipment1. Transcendental Approach to the Brain2. Unknowability and the Concept of the Brain3. Neuropsychodynamic Iterativity as Transdisciplinary MethodologyPart II: Neural Equipment4. Cathexis and the Energy of the Brain5. Cathexis, Neural Coding and Mental States6. Defense Mechanisms and Brain-Object and Brain-Self DifferentiationPart III: Mental Equipment7. Narcissism and Self-objects as Universal Features of Human Existence and its Brain8. Unconsciousness and the brain9. The Self and its BrainPart IV: Disordered Equipment10. Depression and the Brain11. Psychosis I: Psychodynamics and Phenomenology12. Psychosis II : Neuropsychodynamic HypothesesEpilogue: The Beauty of Transdisciplinary Failure