1st Edition

Neuropsychoanalysis of the Inner Mind
A Biological Understanding of Human Mental Function

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ISBN 9781032056937
November 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
272 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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, 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


Part One: general aspects

  1. Motivational / emotional systems: Synoptic tables
  2. C. Pirrongelli, C. di Maggio, F. Fiorello, S. Riezzo, T. Giacolini

  3. The evolutionary roots of Neuropsychoanalysis: the instinct in Darwin and Freud
  4. T. Giacolini

  5. J- Bowlby. From attachment to Affective Neuroscience
  6. T. Giacolini

  7. "What's left of sex". A critical re-reading of psychosexuality in the light of neurobiological research and affective neuroscience
  8. A. Falci

  9. Pornography, psychoanalysis and Affective Neuroscience
  10. C. Spadazzi

  11. Affective Neuroscience and psychoanalytic practice
  12. F. Castellet y Ballarà

    Part Two: Clinical Aspects

  13. The usefulness of the psychoendophenotypic approach in diagnosis and treatment from a neuropsicoanalytic perspective
  14. C. Pirrongelli

  15. The experience of pleasure: a neuropsychoanalytic perspective.
  16. L. Moccia, M. Mazza, L. Janiri

  17. Anedonia and emotional-motivational systems.
  18. A.Salone

  19. Motivational systems in development age: a neuropsychoanalytic perspective in attention and learning disorders
  20. A. Clarici, A. Zanettovich, A. Alcaro

  21. The motivational trigger and the affective function in the infantile dream

C. Colace


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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, Psychyatrist specialized in both basic and clinical research, author of national and international publications. She is 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.