Neuropsychoanalysis

Adult Psychoanalytic Training (APT)
2021-22, 1st Trimester — Fridays, 1:45-3:15pm
Maxine Anderson, MD


Introduction

When I last taught this course a few years ago, I focused on the work of Mark Solms, specifically his ground-breaking article entitled “The Conscious Id” (Neuropsychoanalysis, 2013).  I wrote about that article and a few others in Chapter 2 from my book The Wisdom of Lived Experience (2016, Karnac).

For this 6-week course I will use that chapter  entitled  “Neuroscience emphases on Lived Experience” as the basic text, with additional optional readings drawn from cited references (Solms, Friston, Bolte Taylor).  My hope is to keep the neuropsychoanalytic understandings we cover as close to clinical material as possible.  As noted below, the last of our 6 sessions will focus on clinical vignettes which arise from the learnings and discussion arising from the readings.

Learning Objectives

  1. To gain familiarization with some current neuropsychoanalytic views of psychic functioning, which may anchor psychoanalytic perspectives
  2. Specifically, to gain familiarity with Mark Solms (The Conscious Id), Karl Friston (free psychic energy), Bolte Taylor (My Stroke of Insight)
  3. To relate some of these readings with one’s accruing clinical understandings about the psyche.

September 10, 2021

As overview, please read the entire chapter “Neuroscience emphases on Lived Experience” (pg 1-20 of electronic copy; pp 25-43 of the printed book)

Anderson, M., The Wisdom of Lived Experience (2016), Ch2, “Neuroscience emphases on Lived Experience”

Optional Reading

Anderson, M., The Wisdom of Lived Experience (2016), References

September 17, 2021

We will review the material on right- and left-hemispheric functions (first 12 pages in the electronic version of the article, pages 25-30 in the printed book)

September 24, 2021

We will review Solms: affect precedes and empowers all cognition and the cerebral cortex is unconscious while the brainstem is both conscious and intentional: paradigm shift. on The Conscious Id (bottom of page 6 – middle of page 12 in the electronic version of Maxine’s article;  pg 31- middle of 36 in the book)

October 1, 2021

We will review the section Friston: unconscious inference counters destabilizing surprise (middle of pg 12-middle of 15 in electronic version; middle of pg 36- middle of pg 39 in the book).

October 8, 2021

We will review Bolte Taylor: a personal experience of left-hemispheric stroke, ( middle of pg 16- end of chapter in the electronic version; middle of pg 39-43 in the book).

But also her TED talk “My Stroke of Insight” gives a vivid account of her experience.

October 15, 2021

Review and discussion with clinical vignettes stemming from the readings.