Empirical Perspectives on the Psychoanalytic Unconscious
In this collection of chapters by some of the most outstanding clinician-researchers in psychology and psychiatry, editors Robert F. Bornstein and Joseph M. Masling have put together a compendium that summarizes and reviews the ever-expanding and evolving body of empirical studies on the concept of the unconscious and indicates the directions in which research is likely to continue.
Once upon a time, only clinical and cognitive psychologists studied unconscious mental processes empirically. Over time, neuropsychologists and social psychologists have joined in what is rapidly becoming an integrative, interdisciplinary exercise. Moreover, although developmental psychologists are just beginning to study unconscious processes in earnest, their ideas and findings promise to invigorate the field at the turn of the millennium.
In the words of the editors, "The study of the unconscious has the potential to become the unifying force in psychology, linking cognition and emotion, infancy and old age, normal and pathological development, brain and psyche."