Understanding and Healing: Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis in the Era of Neuroscience

In FulfordW (ed.), Oxford Handbook of the Philosophy of Psychiatry. Oxford University Press (2013)
This paper argues that psychoanalysis enables us to see mental disorder as rooted in emotional conflicts, particularly concerning aggression, to which our species has a natural liability. These can be traced in development, and seem rooted in both parent-offspring conflict and in-group cooperation for out-group conflict. In light of this we may hope that work in psychoanalysis and neuroscience will converge in indicating the most likely paths to a better neurobiological understanding of mental disorder.
Keywords Psychoanalysis  Neuroscience  Psychiatry  Emotion  Conflict  Evolution
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DOI 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199579563.013.0073
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