Friday, November 02, 2012

Generative Unconscious

I am still in the middle of the book, ``The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy,'' and I am learning quite a bit from it. I have started reading a new book at the same time, but after finishing the first chapter I have mixed feeling about the book and whether to continue or not.
``Between Emotion and Cognition: The Generative Unconscious,'' by Joseph Newirth, 2003
For one thing the style of writing is far from my ``simplicity'' principle. It is difficult to read both because of its content and the writing style. Yet, there are some interesting points in it that fit well into my current situation and that keeps me reading.
Matte Blanco (1975,1988), a Chilean analyst who studied with Klein, developed a theory of conscious and unconscious mental processes as parallel modes of organizing experiences based on different systems of logic rather than on the Freudian biological, hierarchical concept of the unconscious. Matte Blanco describes consciousness as organized through Aristotelian or asymmetrical logic (our usual concept of logic), which functions to differentiate experience within the dimension of person, place, time, and causality ... Unconscious experience is organized through symmetrical logic, which creates similarities and effaces differences ... Asymmetrical and symmetrical logic can be exemplified through comparing newspaper articles ... with poetry or dreams ... [respectively]. ---p.13, Between Emotion and Cognition

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