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)
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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.
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