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Description - Cognitive Science and the Unconscious by Dan J. Stein

Although current cognitive-behavioural therapies and psychopharmacological treatments have the remarkable ability to resolve and manage many psychiatric problems, these methods are not universally successful. Unconscious patterns and conflicts seem to be at the root of many patients' difficulties and warrant psychodynamic approaches. Unfortunately, the fact that the unconscious and the structure of the unconscious mind are impervious to laboratory analysis and scientific proof makes psychoanalysis a dubious, unreliable treatment option in some professional circles. The burgeoning, interdisciplinary field of cognitive science, however, offers new ways to approach the unconscious and the potential for the empirical testing of psychodynamic theories and methods. Written by a group of researchers and clinicians, this text surveys a major strand in the fresh research to identify the essential characteristics and effects of the unconscious: the formulation and testing of psychodynamic claims using the approaches of contemporary science. It examines those aspects of the unconscious mind most relevant to the psychiatric practitioner, including unconscious processing of affective and traumatic experience, unconscious processes in dissociative states and disorders, and cognitive approaches to dreaming and repression. While the backbone of the book is cognitive psychology, many of the contributions illuminate relevant work from the fields of artificial intelligence, linguistics and biology.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780880484985
ISBN-10: 0880484985
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 150mm x 23mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: American Psychiatric Association Publishing
Publisher: American Psychiatric Association Publishing
Publish Date: 31-Dec-1996
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Dan J. Stein

Dan J. Stein, M.B., is Director of Research in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Stellenbosch, Tygerberg, South Africa.

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