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."
List of Contributors
Introduction: The Psychoanalytic Unconscious
—Robert F. Bornstein and Joseph M. Masling
- Unconscious Thought, Feeling, and Motivation: The End of a Century-Long Debate
- The Freud–Rapaport Theory of Consciousness
- Capturing the "Mommy and I Are One" Merger Fantasy: The Oneness Motive
—Paul Siegel and Joel Weinberger
- Cognitive–Experiential Self-Theory: A Dual-Process Personality Theory With Implications for Diagnosis and Psychotherapy
- Daydreams, the Stream of Consciousness, and Self-Representations
—Jerome L. Singer
- Interpretation, the Unconscious, and Analytic Authority: Toward an Evolutionary, Biological Integration of the Empirical–Scientific Method With the Field-Defining, Empathic Stance
About the Editors
Robert F. Bornstein is Professor of Psychology at Gettysburg College. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1986. Bornstein has written many articles on perception without awareness and has published extensively on the antecedents, correlates, and consequences of dependent personality traits. He edited Perception Without Awareness: Cognitive, Clinical and Social Perspectives (1992); coedited (with Joseph M. Masling) Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Psychopathology (1993), Empirical Perspectives on Object Relations Theory (1994), and Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Developmental Psychology (1996); and is the author of The Dependent Personality (1993), a comprehensive review of the empirical literature on dependency.
Joseph M. Masling is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from Ohio State University in 1952; he was director of clinical training at Syracuse University (1959–1964) and chairperson of the Department of Psychology at SUNY–Buffalo (1969–1972). Masling has written numerous articles on interpersonal and situational variables influencing projective tests and has published widely on the empirical study of psychoanalytic concepts. He edited the first three volumes of the series Empirical Studies of Psychoanalytic Theories (1983, 1986,1990) and coedited (with Robert F. Bornstein) Volume 4, Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Psychopathology (1993), Volume 5, Empirical Perspectives on Object Relations Theory (1994), and Volume 6, Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Developmental Psychology (1996).
—Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, Vol 63, No 1, p. xvi (Winter 1999)