The Origins and Organization of Unconscious Conflict

The Origins and Organization of Unconscious Conflict : The Selected Works of Martin S. Bergmann

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The Origins and Organization of Unconscious Conflict provides a comprehensive set of contributions by Martin S. Bergmann to psychoanalytic theory, technique, and its applications. Following a general approach, Bergmann synthesizes Freud's major contributions, the development of his thinking, the ramifications to present day psychoanalytic theory and practice and finally, discusses unresolved problems requiring further work. In these selected papers, profound meditations are offered on love and death, the leap from hysteria to dream interpretation in Freud's intellectual development, the genetic roots of Psychoanalysis in the creative clash between Enlightenment and Romantic ideas, old age as a clinical and theoretical phenomenon, the death instinct as clinical controversy, and the interminable debate about termination in psychoanalysis and how to effect it. Crucial clinical and theoretical questions are constantly addressed and the challenges they pose will engage and enlighten the reader. Bergmann was a philosopher of mind as much as he is a psychoanalyst and the range and scope of the ideas in these selected papers is impressive, instructive and illuminating. Bergmann deals with psychoanalysis as a science, and with an ideology, referring to psychoanalysis as a "Weltanschauung", a philosophical basis for psychoanalytic theory. He presents an original, penetrating analysis of Freud's inner struggle, about empirical research, validation and related to five other sciences; about irrational forces that constitute major motivators of human life, and require taking an existential position regarding their implications, the search for the meaning of one's existence. The Origins and Organization of Unconscious Conflict is an exciting intellectual journey of the scientific and ideological aspects of psychoanalysis and the study of love. It will appeal to psychoanalysts, psychologists, philosophers and both undergraduate and postgraduate students studying in these fields, as well as anyone with an interest in mental health and human behaviour.show more

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  • Hardback | 220 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 19.05mm | 476.27g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138938645
  • 9781138938649

About Martin S. Bergmann

Martin S. Bergmann (1913-2014) was a Freudian psychoanalyst, author and educator. For many years he taught a course on the history of psychoanalysis in the postdoctoral program on psychoanalysis and psychotherapy at New York University and in private seminars. He was an honorary member of the American Psychoanalytic Association, an honorary fellow of the Post-Graduate Center for Mental Health, and a member of the International Psychoanalytic Association.show more

Table of contents

Preface by Otto F. Kernberg, M.D. I THEORY Chapter 1 Psychoanalytic observations on the capacity to love in Separation-individuation: Essays in Honor of Margaret S. Mahler Chapter 2 The Leap From The Studies on Hysteria to the Interpretation of Dreams II TECHNIQUE Chapter 3 Life Goals and Psychoanalytic Goals from a Historical Perspective. Chapter 4 The Challenge of Erotized Transference to Psychoanalytic Technique Chapter 5 Termination: The Achilles Heel of Psychoanalytic Technique Chapter 6 Psychoanalysis in Old Age: The Patient and the Analyst III HISTORY OF ANALYSIS Chapter 7 Reflections on the History of Psychoanalysis Chapter 8 The Conflict Between Enlightenment and Romantic Philosophies as Reflected in the History of Psychoanalysis Chapter 9 Dual Impact of Freuda (TM)s Death and Freuda (TM)s Death Instinct Chapter 10 The Jewish and German Roots of Psychoanalysis and the Impact of the Holocaust IV APPLICATIONS Chapter 11 Freud's Three Theories of Love in the Light of Later Developments Chapter 12 On the Intrapsychic Function of Falling in Love Chapter 13 Platonic Love, Transference Love, and Love in Real Lifeshow more