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The role of subjectivity and intersubjectivity in the reconstruction of dissociated schemas; converging perspectives from psychoanalysis, cognitive science and affective neuroscience.

Therapeutic change involves integration of emotion schemas that have been dissociated. Two types of avoidant dissociation are distinguished: primary dissociation dominated by fragmentary emotional memories; and secondary dissociation involving initial …

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Review of What you don’t know you know: Our hidden motives in life, business, and everything else.

Reviews the book, What you don’t know you know: Our hidden motives in life, business, and everything else by Ken Eisold (2010). This book sets out to refresh and renew our understanding of the unconscious. It seeks to build on new research and recent discoveries, and in the process, rescue our thinking about the unconscious from the dying hand of psychoanalysis, to make it more widely accessible and useful (p. 18). A rather large chunk of this book is devoted to a discussion of the “self,” a comparison with concepts like “personality,” “individual,” and “ego,” and ultimately the shortcomings of the very term. This book argues for the centrality of the unconscious to the psychoanalytic identity. As such, I believe it is a useful corrective to the recent emphasis on the defin…

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