By Humberto Nagera
Originally released in 1970 and unlike the former 3 volumes, which every handled a unmarried topic, this quantity is a miscellaneous one.
Seventeen topics have been chosen at the foundation in their relevance for the knowledge either one of psychoanalytic conception and of human behaviour quite often. during this quantity the reader can keep on with the advance of Freud’s theories concerning very important topics reminiscent of Fixation, Regression, Cathexis, Conflicts, anxiousness, Ambivalence, fact checking out, Transference and Counter- Transference. a few of these matters have been selected as a result of the many misconceptions and misunderstandings that surrounded them. As in earlier volumes, the advance of every thought is defined from its belief to Freud’s ultimate formula and distinctive references are given for the tips of the coed, the psychoanalyst, the psychiatrist, the social employee, the psychologist and the final reader.
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Freud often referred to the structures of ego, id and super-ego in these topographical terms. It is well to remember at this point that though the topographical theory was specially formulated in 1915 in the paper on ‘The Unconscious’, topographical propositions were already at the basis of the model of the mind Freud proposed in Chapter V II of The Interpretation of Dreams. 3 In the Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis, Freud uses a spatial analogy to characterize and describe the two systems and the censorship between them.
P. 104. , p. 141. 37 TH E TOPOGRAPHICAL PO IN T OF VIEW The topographical point of view of metapsychology indicates ‘in respect of any given mental act within what system or between what systems it takes place. 2 Whereas the genetic, dynamic, and the economic points of view of metapsychology remained essentially the same throughout Freud’s works, the topographical theory and the topographical metapsychological point of view were eventually superseded by the structural theory, even though descriptions in topographical terms were never completely abandoned.
Many of his later psychological concepts were here outlined but on the basis of neurological findings. 3 However, as many o f his later formulations are directly related to his thinking in ‘The Project’ and help to clarify them, a summary of its concepts is justified. Freud attempted to explain the principle of constancy in greater detail giving it a new name as the principle of neuronic inertia. e. , Vol. 2, p. 225. , Vol. 3, pp. 60 and 61. , Vol. 14, p. 174. 50 P R I N C I P L E S OF M E N T A L F U N C T I O N I N G of tension to zero) but the system, however, has to maintain a sufficient store of quantities to meet demands for specific action but its trend, persists ‘to keep the quantity down, at least, so far as possible and avoid any increase in it’ (that is, to keep the level of tension constant).
Basic Psychoanalytic Concepts on Metapsychology, Conflicts, Anxiety and Other Subjects by Humberto Nagera