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Becoming a SubjectReflections in Philosophy and Psychoanalysis$
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Marcia Cavell

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199287086

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199287082.001.0001

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Neuroscience, Psychoanalysis, and Memory

Neuroscience, Psychoanalysis, and Memory

(p.9) 1 Neuroscience, Psychoanalysis, and Memory
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Although psychoanalysis has been attacked on every conceivable level, contemporary research supports Freud’s most important thesis: that much mental functioning is unconscious, and kept out of consciousness by anxiety and defence against anxiety. Research also supports other important Freudian propositions, such as that childhood catastrophes reverberate in the adult mind, causing pathological ways of thinking and behaving; that memory has different ways of working, many of which are unconscious; and that anxiety misunderstood fixes us neurotically to the past. This chapter focuses on the concepts of the unconscious and emotional memory. It argues that as there are many kinds of unconscious mental processes, so are there multiple memory systems, each obeying different rules of operation, which interact to produce the subjective experience of remembering.

Keywords:   psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, memory, neuroscience, Freud, unconscious, emotions, anxiety

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