Preconscious Foundations of Human Experience

Preconscious Foundations of Human Experience

Preconscious Foundations of Human Experience

Preconscious Foundations of Human Experience

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When, during the first decades of the twentieth century, Freud's dynamic formulations were gaining overwhelming ascendancy in the study of behavior, it seemed that at last a basic explanation of the problem of neurosis and psychosis had been found. As a student of psychopathology, I could not fail to be stirred by this new approach and was one of the first in this country to ally myself with it.

But, in spite of the fact that psychoanalysis answered many heretofore baffling questions, its intrinsic premise did not always satisfy me. Those of us who applied Freud's method in individual analysis had no difficulty in substantiating his basic postulate of a conflict within the neurotic personality due to sexual repression. Yet this factor of denied desire, of repressed libido, however hospitable a latitude was given it in Freud's . . .

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