Freud's Other Theory of Psychoanalysis

Freud's Other Theory of Psychoanalysis : The Replacement for the Indelible Theory of Catharsis

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Freud's Other Theory of Psychoanalysis: The Replacement for the Indelible Theory of Catharsis argues that Freud's familiar theory of psychoanalysis is an elaboration of his catharsis theory. Although it changed from repression of painful memories to the repression sexuality, to repression of infantile sexuality, to repressing of the Id, it still remained structurally a theory of the repression of objectionable urges. Even in Freud's desperate attempt to replace it with a psychology of the ego, the repression of the objectionable urges, or the Id, remained the source of psychopathology. This theory had an indelible effect on Freud, and remained 'the prototype' of almost all theories of contemporary psychoanalysis. However, when Freud changed his method of dealing with his patients to listening to their associations he discovered the workings of the primary process, the representation in the mind of the endosomatic stimuli, and the manner in which the primary and the secondary processes entwine to form both the normal and abnormal 'psychical' products. Another theory of psychoanalysis came out of those core observations and Freud was able to give psychoanalysis a central position in western culture as a whole, and a significant place in the study and treatment of mental disorders. Freud's unstated discoveries had all the elements of another full theory; it was the theory that gave psychoanalysis its outstanding status. However, he did not articulate it as a distinct theory that could replace the catharsis theory. This tacit theory is a theory that does not explain psychopathology in terms of repression of objectionable urges, but explicates the manners of the entwinement of the primary and secondary processes that create the healthy and the psychopathological conditions. It is a comprehensive theory of psychoanalysis that has applications in almost all psychical matters, one of which is clinical. The replacement theory is not another theory like the ones offered by the contemporary schools. It is implicit in the Freudian text; it is a Freudian replacement for a popular, but flawed, Freudian theory.show more

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  • Hardback | 232 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 22.86mm | 498.95g
  • Jason Aronson Inc. Publishers
  • Northvale NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0765709570
  • 9780765709578

About Ahmed Fayek

Ahmed Fayek, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and a training psychoanalyst. He is the author of several books including The Clinical Application of the Theory of Psychoanalysis.show more

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With this book, Fayek (a training psychoanalyst and clinical psychologist) signals a new direction in psychoanalytic studies, one that will likely set in motion a massive and crucial refiguring of the Freudian canon in its entirety. Fayek's critical gesture in this book is simple: offer a theory that is implicit in the Freudian texts, but which has been distorted by popular theorizations belonging to the main schools of thought. Fayek is an independent thinker, and his status as such alone distinguishes him from the dominant voices in the main schools of contemporary psychoanalysis. By focusing on the central construct of catharsis, Fayek returns to the implicit theory of the primary and secondary processes conditioning both mental health and pathology. This book should be required reading for students of psychoanalysis, both academic and apprentice. The book's implications are far ranging, from the ethical to the theoretical to the practical. Summing Up: Highly recommended. * CHOICE * With this book, Fayek (a training psychoanalyst and clinical psychologist) signals a new direction in psychoanalytic studies, one that will likely set in motion a massive and crucial refiguring of the Freudian canon in its entirety. Fayek's critical gesture in this book is simple: offer a theory that is implicit in the Freudian texts, but which has been distorted by popular theorizations belonging to the main schools of thought. Fayek is an independent thinker, and his status as such alone distinguishes him from the dominant voices in the main schools of contemporary psychoanalysis. By focusing on the central construct of catharsis, Fayek returns to the implicit theory of the primary and secondary processes conditioning both mental health and pathology. This book should be required reading for students of psychoanalysis, both academic and apprentice. The book's implications are far ranging, from the ethical to the theoretical to the practical. Summing Up: Highly recommended. CHOICEshow more

Table of contents

Introduction Chapter One: What is Psychoanalytical in Psychoanalysis Chapter Two: The Road to the Crisis of psychoanalysis Chapter Three: The puzzling Freudian Doctrine Chapter Four: A Cultural Impasse and the Freudian Solution Chapter Five: Dreams and the Psychology of the Wish Chapter Six: The Structural Core of the Freudian Doctrine: The Theory of Trieb and Narcissism Chapter Seven: Ego Psychology and the Second Theory of Anxiety: A Psychoanalytic Blunder and its Correction Chapter Eight: The Psychology of Metapsychology: Toward a Theory of Psychoanalysis Chapter Nine: Eliciting the Theory of Psychoanalysis from the Freudian Text: A Change of Orientation Chapter Ten: The Replacement of the Catharsis Theory: The Psychoanalytic Mind Endnotes List of References Index About the Authorshow more