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Reconciling Psychodynamic and Neurological Perspectives on Denial (Forum: Commentary)

McKay, R. and Anderson, M. (2007) Reconciling Psychodynamic and Neurological Perspectives on Denial (Forum: Commentary). Cortex, 43 (8). pp. 1102-1103.

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Turnbull and Solms (2007, this issue) say that their review should not be construed as arguing that “Freud was right”. However, they argue for a restoration of Freudian psychology to the scientific pantheon because it turns out that a number of his specific hypotheses about the global architecture of the mind have a fruitful application to intriguing results in modern neuropsychology. We would argue that it is useful in this context to separate two quite different aspects of Freudian theory. The first is the framework that Freudian theory provides for integrating motivation and emotion into otherwise desiccated cognitive theories. In this sense we can agree that modern neuropsychology will benefit from a reconsideration of Freud. But the second is the specific content of Freudian theory. There seems no reason to believe that this is any more acceptable to scientific psychology today than it was fifty years ago and for Freud this would represent a failure that the former success could not come close to assuaging.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Masson Publishing
Copyright: Elsevier
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