There are extraordinarily exciting periods in the history of science which bring new openings on the fringes of a particular field. We are in the midst of one of these periods: a large number of new discoveries regarding the functioning of the mind are published every day. These new findings in neuroscience are revealing unexpected aspects of neuroscience and pushing the entire field toward unexplored regions.
Besides the advancement in the understanding of psychic processes, neuroscience offers psychoanalysts the opportunity to enhance the dialogue with psychiatrists, neurologists, and other scientists, expanding the theoretical model. It is clear that the relationship between psychoanalysis, neuroscience, and neuropsychoanalysis is controversial. So, the dialogue between neuroscience and clinical findings is essential.
Building a bridge between neuropsychoanalysis and psychoanalysis through the clinical session is the main purpose of the book, which consists of two parts. The first part provides a theoretical view on dream, depression, addiction, panic and how to consider the study of a single case.
Table of Contents
Foreword: Making the best of a bad job Silvio Merciai
Section I: Neuropsychoanalysis from Dream to Case Studies
Chapter One: Gateways into the dream Rosa Spagnolo
Chapter Two: Foundations of addiction: Dysregulated SEEKING and PANIC processes Maggie Zellner
Chapter Three: Depression in Neuropsychoanalysis: Why Does Depression Feel Bad? Mark Solms
Chapter Four: The case study in Neuropsychoanalysis: A bridge between the objective and the subjective? Christian E. Salas, Martin Casassus, and Oliver H. Turnbull
Section II: Impact on clinical session
Chapter Five: Psychoanalytic treatment of panic attacks: listening to the emotional system Rosa Spagnolo
Chapter Six: What does "really want" a patient with gambling addiction? Tiziana Bastianini
Chapter Seven: Going through grief to move away from depression Paolo Chiari
Chapter Eight: What can neuroscience contribute to the interpretation of dreams and their working through? A clinical Case Francesco Castellet y Ballarà
Conclusions: Bridging the gap Claudia Spadazzi
Rosa Spagnolo, MD, is a neurologist and psychiatrist for children, psychotherapist for children and adolescents, psychoanalyst and Full Member of Italian Psychoanalytical Society (SPI) and the IPA.