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Feeling the Words

Neuropsychoanalytic Understanding of Memory and the Unconscious

By Mauro Mancia

© 2007 – Routledge

272 pages

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About the Book

How are the implicit memory and the unrepressed unconscious related?

Feeling the Words incorporates a thorough review of essential psychoanalytic concepts, a clear critical history of analytical ideas and an assessment of the contribution neuroscience has to offer.

Mauro Mancia uses numerous detailed clinical examples to demonstrate how insights from neuroscience and infant development research can change how the analyst responds to his or her patient. Major topics such as the transference, the Oedipus complex, the interpretation of dreams and the nature of mental pain are reviewed and refined in the light of these recent developments. The book is divided into three parts, covering:

  • Memory and the unconscious
  • The dream: between neuroscience and psychoanalysis
  • Further reflections on narcissism and other clinical topics

Feeling the Words offers an original perspective on the connection between memory and the unconscious. It will be welcomed by all psychoanalysts interested in investigating new ways of working with patients.

Reviews

This book is notable for being stimulating and comprehensible to both the experienced psychoanalyst clinician as well as to anyone with an interest in the work of Freud and his followers, and the state of psychoanalytic research today.

Arnold Cooper, from the Foreword

Table of Contents

Cooper, Foreword. Introduction: Beyond Freud: The Twilight of Oedipus and the Neurosciences’ Contribution to Psychoanalysis. Part I: Memory and the Unconscious. Memory Between Neuroscience and Psychoanalysis. Implicit Memory and Unrepressed Unconscious: Their Role in Creativity, in the Transference and in Dreams. Therapeutic (F)actors in the Theater of Memory. Part II: The Dream: Between Neuroscience and Psychoanalysis. The Labyrinth of the Night: Biology, Poetry and Theology. The Dream: Between Neuroscience and Psychoanalysis. The Dream: A Window Onto the Transference. Part III: Further Reflections on Narcissism and Other Clinical Topics. Further Historical/Critical and Clinical Reflections on Narcissism. Being with the Patient: Four Clinical Cases. Reality and Metaphor in the Analytical Relation: Transference Love. Sexuality, Such Sweet Folly. On Happiness. On Mental Pain.

About the Author

Mauro Mancia is Professor Emeritus of Neurophysiology, University of Milan, Italy and Training Analyst of the Italian Psychoanalytical Society. His interest is in the link between neuroscientific knowledge and psychoanalytic theories of mind and he has written extensively on the subjects of narcissism, dreams, sleep, memory and the unconscious.

About the Series

The New Library of Psychoanalysis

The New Library of Psychoanalysis is published by Routledge Mental Health in association with the Institute of Psychoanalysis, London.

Its purpose is to facilitate a greater and more widespread appreciation of psychoanalysis and to provide a forum for increasing mutual understanding between psychoanalysts and those in other disciplines. The series also aims to make some of the work of continental and other non-English speaking analysts more readily available to English-speaking readers, and to increase the interchange of ideas between British and American analysts.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis published its first book in 1987 under the editorship of David Tuckett, later followed by Elizabeth Bott Spillius, Susan Budd and Dana Birksted-Breen. A considerable number of Associate Editors and readers have assisted the editors.

Under the guidance of Foreign Rights Editors, a considerable number of the New Library books have been published abroad, particularly in Brazil, Germany, France, Italy, Peru, Spain and Japan.

The aim of the New Library of Psychoanalysis is to maintain the high level of scholarship of the previous series, to provide a forum for increasing understanding between psychoanalysis and other disciplines and to increase the interest of the general book-reading public in psychoanalysis.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis also aims to help the various schools of psychoanalysis to better understand each other. It has published books representing all three schools of thought in British psychoanalysis, including a particularly important work edited by Pearl King and Riccardo Steiner, expounding the intellectual and organisational controversies that developed in the British psychoanalytical Society between Kleinian, Viennese and 'middle group' analysts during the Second World War.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis has also translated and published several books by Continental psychoanalysts, and it plans in the future to continue the policy of publishing books that express as clearly as possible a variety of psychoanalytic points of view.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY026000
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis
PSY028000
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General
PSY045060
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Jungian