Core Concepts in Classical Psychoanalysis

Clinical, Research Evidence and Conceptual Critiques
by Morris N. Eagle
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Publisher: Taylor and Francis

Series: Psychological Issues

Publication Date: November 14, 2017

ISBN: 9781317552055

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In Core Concepts in Classical Psychoanalysis, alongside its companionpiece Core Concepts in Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Morris N. Eagle asks: of the core concepts and formulations of psychoanalytic theory, which ones should be retained, which should be modified and in what ways, and which should be discarded?

The key concepts and issues explored in this book include:

  • Unconscious processes and research on them - what evidence is there for a dynamic unconscious?
  • Is there a universal Oedipus complex?
  • The importance of inner conflict.
  • The concept of defense.

Unlike other previous discussions of these concepts, this book systematically evaluates them in the light of conceptual critique as well as recent research based evidence and empirical data.

Written with Eagle’s piercing clarity of voice, Core Concepts in Classical Psychoanalysis challenges previously unquestioned psychoanalytic assumptions and will appeal to psychoanalysts, psychoanalytic psychotherapists, and anyone interested in integrating core psychoanalytic concepts, research, and theory with other disciplines including psychiatry, psychology, and social work.