Mindbrain, Psychoanalytic Institutions, and Psychoanalysts, by Antonio Imbasciati

Posted on Sep 11, 2017

A New Metapsychology Consistent with Neuroscience

Antonio Imbasciati is an Italian psychologist and infant neuropsychiatrist and Training Analyst of the Italian Psychoanalytic Society, who has dedicated his life to both clinics and research. He has written hundreds of scientific papers and sixty-four books: his first book was published in 1964 (see  www.imbasciati.it). In the last twenty years he has outlined and developed a ‘Perinatal Clinical Psychology’, which has led him to write many theoretical works in a clear criticism against current theories in psychoanalytical Institutions.

Psychoanalysis has grown up outside of other mind sciences and psychoanalysts ignore or disregard what nowadays affective neuroscience can concur to a common progress in the knowledge of our mindbrain’s origin and functioning. Psychoanalysts are anchored to Freud’s drive theory of his metapsychology and this, Imbasciati argues, has hindered the progress of psychoanalysis itself. In this book the author describes his own metapsychology, a new psychoanalytic theory consistent with neuroscience, and examines psychoanalytical institutions’s social situation and image.

The theory which is here exposed is an explicative one, on the origin and developing of our mind from foetus to baby to child, in the relations with mother, parents, caregivers. In these relations, non verbal affective body messages pass through, from baby and caregiver and vice versa: the quality of these communications both structures synapses and also builds the individual baby-child brain as a future person. This “quality” depends from the parents’ mindbrain, in their level of their dimension of genitoriality.

This book deals with genitoriality as a matrix of the individual mindbrain of each adult person, and its transgenerationality, which illuminates many hypotheses about humanity’s future.

Antonio Imbasciati is a Full Member and Training Analyst at the Italian Psychoanalytical Society, and Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychology in the University of Brescia. He has written over sixty books and over 300 papers on experimental psychology, clinical psychology, and psychoanalysis. Much of his recent work relates to the complex relationship between psychoanalysis with experimental psychology. His pioneering ‘protomental theory’ (elaborated in Constructing a Mind) provided a critical analysis of Freud’s metapsychology and its consequences for the ideological development of psychoanalysis. He outlined a new metapsychology in in his book From Freud’s witch to a new metapsychology: How our mind functions.


His latest book, Mindbrain, Psychoanalytic Institutions, and Psychoanalysts: A New Metapsychology Consistent with Neuroscience, has recently been published by Karnac.


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