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4. New Psychoanalytic Theories

Volume author (s) Imbasciati A.

Neuropsychoanalysis aims to check the neurobiological processes which may explain what psychoanalysis describes as psychic emotional and unconsciouss events which drive human behaviours, motivations and individual life events, and what a person believes and thinks in his/her personal consciousness. This is the study about the relations between mind and brain.

Nobody has a mind equal to an other’s one, and Neuroscience has demonstrated thet nobody has the same brain of another human being. Brain is constructed (follow)

Volume author (s) Imbasciati A.

Freud fondò la psicoanalisi oltre cento anni fa: fu l’invenzione di un metodo, che gli permise alcune scoperte, sulla natura della mente umana, inaudite per quell’epoca; intendeva fondare una nuova scienza che, come tutte le scienze, si sarebbe sviluppata. Ma tutt’oggi a livello della cultura corrente si ha l’idea che la psicoanalisi sia la “teoria di Freud”, senza distinguere cosa entro l’enorme sua opera costituisca una teoria in senso proprio, e senza distinguere questa ”teoria” da una dottrina: statica dunque, e non un inizio di una scienza che come tale sarebbe nel tempo cambiata ed evoluta, come in realtà è avvenuto. Di qui l’dea che tutto quello che affermò Freud sia da confermare: e conservare, quasi religiosamente. Queste idee operano tuttora sotterraneamente nella formazione dei molti che oggi fanno la professione dello psicoanalista o, con parole più sfumate, dello “psicoterapeuta psicoanalitico”.

Il testo che qui si presenta è frutto di una esperienza gruppale con una ventina di questi professionisti e rivela una grande disparità, di idee nebulose, spesso confuse, che si riflette nella pratica professionale, sotto la quale, inoltre, si riscontrano operanti pregiudizi tradizionali dei secoli passati sulla natura della mente, le sue origini e il suo funzionamento rispetto a un ben poco conosciuto “cervello”.

Vi sono oggi psicoanalisti che sono anche studiosi aggiornati e scienziati, ma sono ben poco identificabili nella imprecisa legislazione italiana circa le professioni; ammesso che questa potesse essere davvero, e non solo cartaceamente, applicata. Così, spesso, la psicoanalisi diventa una specie di romanzo: questo non toglie che qualcuno lo svolga bene ed anche che risulti benefico per chi lo attraversa.

Volume author (s) Imbasciati A.

In this last book (www.imbasciati.it) I have collected and tried to summarize the ideas I have developed by integrating different sciences of the mind during my long experience as a psychoanalyst, a researcher, then a professor, a trainer as well as a director of a university school. Throughout my professional life I aimed at systematizing, integrating and possibly unifying the diverse theories on the origins and functioning of the mind. In psychoanalysis these theories – although they were formulated over a century ago – are still mixed and confused in a state of inadequacy both in terms of epistemology and general culture. In my life, psychoanalysis has been the field where I have, most passionately, found implicit scientific limits in the institutions which have as their explicit goal the development of the science that Freud founded one-hundred years ago. But this is the case everywhere: Institution, as Elliott Jacques said, works against Organization. (…)

Volume author (s) Cena L., Imbasciati A.

Today psychoanalytic clinical practice is not that Freud’s. Infant and infant-with-mother/parents psychoanalysis opened up large perspectives that have deeply affected the whole psychoanaltic theory and practice. Psychoanalytic clinical practice changed and progressed greatly. But in its theoretical frame today psychoanalysis has a number of concepts and theories, so that a confusion and different laguages have developed. This is due to an obstinate almost religious preservation of old concepts along new ones. In particular energy-drive concepts of Freud’s Metapsychology contradict the progress of current psychoanalysis, and yet they are used. (…)

Volume author (s) Imbasciati A.

In Freud’s time “psychology” was a proper psychology of consciousness: it meant what one could consciously know about himself. Freud discovered unconscious events: he must explain to his contemporary scientists how these phenomena could exsist an how an unconscious mind might function. He wrote his metapsychology (1915): “meta” (=beyond) would say that mind could be considered also beyond consciouseness psychology. He supposed that the unconscious was moved by an instinctual force (libido) for which he used the german word “trieb” (=push). This word was hardly transalated as “drive” and in neolatin as“pulsion” . (…)

Volume author (s) Imbasciati A.
Publisher: Borla, Roma, 2013

Psychoanalysis changed since Freud’s time. Nowadays psychoanalysts work in a very different way from hundred years ago. A big development happened in clinical practice, but theory was disregarded. As a consequence, people who don’t work in the psychoanalytic field cannot know the theories which are implicit in clinical practice and hold on to the only knowledge that Freud outlined. In his Metapsychology the Master pointed out his energy-drive explication of the functioning of the mind: it was syntonic with the sciences of his time, it was easy to understand and became popular, as the specific schematic pcture of psychoanalysis. The Psychoanalytical Organizations (IPA) carefully attended to the clinical training of their members, but they did not promote the explicitation of new theories. Mostly, they did not promote a formulation of a theory that could be understood by everyone and characterized psychoanalysis, like Freud had been able to do for his time. As a consequence, we still find a popular picture of psychoanalysis which is obsolete and open to criticism, as it is not yet syntonic with what people may know about science. Today this bad image damages the whole field of psychoanalysis, despite its progress. (…)

The Unconscious as Memory and the analysts’ mistruth about Neuroscience
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Article author (s): Imbasciati A.
Magazine name: https://www.ifps-forum2020.com/en/papers
The unconscious and counsciousness memory. A contribution from Neuroscience
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Article author (s): A.Imbasciati
The Unconscious as Memory and the analysts’ mistruth about Neuroscience
[357]
Article author (s): Imbasciati A.
Publisher: Il Mulino
The mindbrain: some meditative questions for psychoanalists
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Article author (s): Imbasciati A.
The psychoanalysis object has changed
[347]
Clinical Observation and psychobiological approach to early infant relation
[342]
Article author (s): Imbasciati A., Cena L., Terranova M.
From Sensoriality to esthetic thinking: the Theory of the Protomental
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Volume title: La dimensione estetica dell'esperienza
Volume author (s) Lorenzetti L.
Volume chapter author (s): Imbasciati A.
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What a medium in affect communication?
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Volume title: Notiziario Società Psicoanalitica Italiana
Volume author (s) AA.VV.
Volume chapter author (s): Imbasciati A.
Foreword  “Alpha function and representational value of internal object”
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Volume title:  “Alpha function and representational value of internal object”
Volume author (s) Neri C., Correale A., Fadda P.
Volume chapter author (s): Imbasciati A.
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Foreword “Misconceptions about psychoanalysis in mass-culture”
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Volume title: “Misconceptions about psychoanalysis in mass-culture”
Volume author (s) Pagliaro G.
Volume chapter author (s): Imbasciati A.
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A proposal for an explanatory Theory in Psychoanalysis
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Author / s conference proceedings: Imbasciati A.
Name of the conference: Atto IV Congresso FEP, Sorrento, maggio 2003
Publisher: Bulletin Fep on line, Sorrento, 2003
A theoretical support for Transgenerationality
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Author / s conference proceedings: Imbasciati A.
Name of the conference: Atti IV Congresso Psicologia Prenatale, Roma, Aprile 2002, Cantagalli, Siena, 2003, pp. 31-48
Archaic psychic processes
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Author / s conference proceedings: Imbasciati A.
Name of the conference: Procesos psiquicos arcaicos, in Segundo Encuentro APA SPI: la interpretacion, Asoc. Psicoan. Argentina, Buenos Aires, 2000, pp. 113-134