Ego Damage and Repair: Toward a Psychodynamic Neurology

Author(s) : J. Allan Hobson

Ego Damage and Repair: Toward a Psychodynamic Neurology

Book Details

  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : 2014
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 224
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Category 2 :
    Neuroscience
  • Catalogue No : 35626
  • ISBN 13 : 9781782201700
  • ISBN 10 : 178220170X

Reviews and Endorsements

‘This is a remarkable book – it is a deeply personal account of psychotherapy in its various guises, ranging from “motherectomy” to monoamines. It is written with honesty, compassion, psychoanalytic insight, and neuroscientific rigor – garnered from over half a century’s scientific and personal adventure. The story is both coherent and beautifully articulated by drawing upon the author’s personal experience, and some of the clinical vignettes are as heart-rending as they are illuminating. J. Allan Hobson artfully integrates the mechanistic and mindful to realise Freud’s “goal of a scientific psychology.” ’
— Professor Karl J. Friston, FBS, FMedSci, FRS, Wellcome Principal Fellow, Scientific Director: Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, Institute of Neurology, UCL, London

‘J. Allan Hobson has written a lucid, thoughtful and compelling book about the mind. He reflects on his distinguished career as both a sleep researcher and clinical psychiatrist and how he has deftly integrated the two. He sees the human condition as the management of different states - sleeping and waking, physical and mental, aminergic and cholinergic, individual and contextual. We weave together a sense of unity but pay a price for believing that unity is entirely real. He sees the challenge as managing the relationships among disparate states, using techniques such as hypnotic suggestion, so that state transitions are the asset they really are rather than a liability. We have been asleep at the switch. Hobson wakes us up.’
— David Spiegel, MD, Willson Professor & Associate Chair, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine

‘I have closely followed Dr Hobson’s career, working as a psychiatrist and training in both psychoanalysis and REM and dream research, and have been fascinated by his remarkable work and insights. In this enthralling new book he explains his key findings, including his recent pioneering theory of “proto-consciousness”. The book also applies his experience as a therapist and records his scientific research in order to understand and to repair ego damage and mental disorders. This is a thought-provoking book that helps us to think “outside the box” when we engage with our patients.’
—Charles Chong-Hwa Hong, psychiatrist, REM/dream researcher at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland

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