This comprehensive and well-curated collection explores how neuroscience can be integrated into psychoanalytic thinking and practice, reexamining the biological science within psychological (sexuality, pleasure, and dreams), social (pornography), and psychopathological (learning and attention disorders, anhedonia) phenomena relevant to therapists and analysts.
Neuropsychoanalysis of the Inner Mind stands out for its focus on the emotional-motivational aspects of the mind, which are considered through the lenses of affective neuroscience, psychoanalytic theory and neuropsychoanalysis, and is important reading for scholars and psychologists interested in the topics originally addressed by Freud in his 1895 publication Project for a Scientific Psychology.
Table of Contents
Foreword Mark Solms
List of contributors
Part One: General aspects
1 Motivational/emotional systems: synoptic tables
Cristiana Pirrongelli, Chiara Di Maggio, Francesca Fioriello, Sara Riezzo, and Teodosio Giacolini
2 The evolutionary roots of Neuropsychoanalysis: the Instinct in Darwin and Freud
3 John Bowlby: from attachment to affective neuroscience
4 ‘What’s left of sex’: a critical review of psychosexuality in the light of neurobiological research and affective neuroscience
5 Pornography, psychoanalysis and Affective Neuroscience
6 Applied affective neuroscience and psychoanalytic practice
Francesco Castellet Y Ballara
Part Two: Clinical aspects
7 The usefulness of the endo-psycho-phenotypic approach in diagnosis and treatment from a neuropsychoanalytic perspective
8 The experience of pleasure: a neuropsychoanalytic perspective
Lorenzo Moccia, Marianna Mazza, Luigi Janiri
9 Anedonia and emotional-motivational systems
10 Motivational systems in child development: a neuropsychoanalytic perspective on disorders of attention and learning
Andrea Clarici, Andrea Zanettovich, Antonio Alcaro
11 The motivational trigger and the affective function in infantile dream
Teodosio Giacolini, Psychologist, Clinical Supervisor and Docent in psychodynamic psychotherapy in Postgraduate School in Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatry, Department of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Policlinico Umberto I-Sapienza University Hospital of Rome. Full member of Italian Psychoanalytical Society (SPI) and International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA). Member and Coordinator (together C.P.) of the regional group of The International Neuropsychoanalysis Association (NPSA). Author of books and papers in national and international journals.
Cristiana Pirrongelli, MD, Psychiatrist specialized in both basic and clinical research, author of national and international publications. She is a full member of Italian Psychoanalytic Association (SPI) and International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA). Since 2014, she has been teaching Ethics in Psychoanalysis and is part of the Deontological Board of SPI. Member and Coordinator (with T.G.) of the regional group of The International Neuropsychoanalysis Association (NPSA). Editor of SPIWEB (National Website of the Italian Psychoanalytic Association), Research and Neuroscience section.