Basic Psychoanalytic Concepts on Metapsychology, Conflicts, by Humberto Nagera

By Humberto Nagera

Originally released in 1970 and unlike the former 3 volumes, which each and every handled a unmarried topic, this quantity is a miscellaneous one.

Seventeen matters have been chosen at the foundation in their relevance for the knowledge either one of psychoanalytic idea and of human behaviour ordinarily. during this quantity the reader can keep on with the advance of Freud’s theories relating to vital matters corresponding to Fixation, Regression, Cathexis, Conflicts, nervousness, Ambivalence, fact trying out, Transference and Counter- Transference. a few of these matters have been selected due to the many misconceptions and misunderstandings that surrounded them. As in past volumes, the improvement of every proposal is defined from its notion to Freud’s ultimate formula and unique references are given for the information of the scholar, the psychoanalyst, the psychiatrist, the social employee, the psychologist and the overall reader.

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But he adds here— and this is already an indication of dissatisfac­ tion with the topographical formulations— that ‘the fact of a thing’s becoming conscious still does not wholly coincide with its belong­ ing to a system, for we have learnt that it is possible to be aware of sensory mnemic images to which we cannot possibly allow a psychical location in the systems Cs or Pcpt\z Before the introduction of the structural division of the mind, the topographical point of view enabled Freud to gain a deeper insight into certain clinical phenomena than what is called ‘normal psychology’ could do.

E. of charges of excitation. As he returned, however, to attempt formulations in psycho­ logical terms, he reverted to the earlier terminology: principle of constancy. , Vol. 18, p. 9. ) A programme of finding the satisfaction of happiness is imposed by it on the individual as his main aim. This may be a positive one of experiencing strong feelings of pleasure, or, a negative one o f avoiding pain and un­ pleasure. Pleasure and unpleasure are related to the quantity o f excitation that is present in the mind but not in any way bound; unpleasure corresponds to an increase in the quantity of excita­ tion and pleasure to a diminution, in a given period of time.

41 METAPSYCHOLOGY, CONFLICTS, ANXIETY potential for neurotic conflicts could now be described very lucidly: ‘ It is the ego’s task to meet the demands raised by its three depen­ dent relations— to reality, to the id and to the super-ego— and nevertheless at the same time to preserve its own organization and maintain its own autonomy. The necessary precondition of the pathological states . . can only be a relative or absolute weaken­ ing of the ego which makes the fulfilment of its tasks impossible.

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