Neuroscience Finds Empirical Support for Psychoanalysis

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Via ScienceDaily:

An experiment that Sigmund Freud could never have imagined 100 years ago may help lend scientific support for one of his key theories, and help connect it with current neuroscience.

June 16 at the 101st Annual Meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association, a University of Michigan professor who has spent decades applying scientific methods to the study of psychoanalysis will present new data supporting a causal link between the psychoanalytic concept known as unconscious conflict, and the conscious symptoms experienced by people with anxiety disorders such as phobias.

Howard Shevrin, Ph.D., emeritus professor of psychology in the U-M Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry, will present data from experiments performed in U-M’s Ormond and Hazel Hunt Laboratory.

The research involved 11 people with anxiety disorders who each received a series of psychoanalytically oriented diagnostic sessions conducted by a psychoanalyst.

From these interviews the psychoanalysts inferred what underlying unconscious conflict might be causing the person’s anxiety disorder. Words capturing the nature of the unconscious conflict were then selected from the interviews and used as stimuli in the laboratory. They also selected words related to each patient’s experience of anxiety disorder symptoms. Although these words differed from patient to patient, results showed that they functioned in the same way…

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  • Dudethan

    Is this a breakthrough or desperate obfuscation aimed at grant money and the approbation of pharmaceutical big wigs? Since when are trigger words scientific? Did they just prove talking to someone helps improve mental health?

    • Monkey See Monkey Do

      Science Daily (sigh). A good example of why we need a revolution in science.

    • Andrew

      Pharmaceutical big wigs?  Psychoanalysis is not a drug.

  • TruthVybes

    This is simple NLP (Neuro.Linguistic.Programming). It’s all in the mind being operated by the subconscious. Awareness of subconscious = reprogramming of conscious. They should be teaching this in elementary schools.

    • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

      And have millions of free thinking children on the loose?? ARE YOU MAD?!

    • Forky Witherspoon

      NLP is pseudoscience you moron. Do you even know what empirical means?

  • Redacted

    No shit.

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