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Building Bridges: The Impact of Neuropsychoanalysis on Psychoanalytic Clinical Sessions

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Author: Rosa Spagnolo (author)

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd

Published: 14/02/2018

ISBN: 9781782205135

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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. Rosa Spagnolo takes us to the core of this book, exploring the relationship between psychoanalysis and empirical research. Margaret Zellner and Mark Solms provide new findings in the field of addiction, depression and panic, conditions we deal with every day in our practice. According to both these analysts, integration between psychopharmacology and psychotherapy appears to be the most effective treatment for these psychopathologies, and it is therefore crucial that psychoanalysis be included among these effective therapies. Salas, Casassus and Turnbull show how, studying a single case, we can build a bridge from the subjective to the objective. The second part is clinical in nature: when psychoanalysis meets neuropsychoanalysis what is the impact on the clinical session? Four vignettes on panic, addiction depression and early related trauma, introduced by some patients’ dreams, help us to explore these new findings.