The Wisdom of Lived Experience: Views from Psychoanalysis, Neuroscience, Philosophy and Metaphysics, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Wisdom of Lived Experience

Views from Psychoanalysis, Neuroscience, Philosophy and Metaphysics, 1st Edition

By Maxine K. Anderson


170 pages

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Paperback: 9781782202127
pub: 2016-07-11
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In our quest toward truth we often rely on the guidance and clarity of conscious thought, but in doing so we may bypass awareness of a more deeply informing resource, which is embodied in lived experience. This book highlights aspects of this deeper dialogue where neuroscience (McGilchrist's work on right- and left-brain dynamics, and Solm's emphases on the enlivening role of affect) and psychoanalysis (Freud, Klein, Winnicott, Bion, and others) verify the Hegelian dialectics that seem to underlie all living processes and perhaps all of Nature. Hegel's concept of Aufhebung embraces the creative negating transformations that carry forward what has gone before in new and evolving forms and structures. Becoming, as on-going lived experience, exemplifies this dialectic as it embodies the cycle in which the emergence of unconscious (implicit) intuition is externalized and clarified (made explicit) via conscious notation and thought to then be enfolded back (made implicit once again) into the newly enriched unconscious matrix that becomes the root for the next intuition.


"(…) an extraordinarily stimulating and challenging overview of some different aspects of neuroscience (…)."

- Diana Birkett, Forum for Independent Psychotherapists

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