Consciousness and the Aconscious in Psychoanalytic Theory

Author(s) : Ahmed Fayek

Consciousness and the Aconscious in Psychoanalytic Theory

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  • Publisher : Rowman and Littlefield
  • Published : 2014
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Pages : 124
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  • Catalogue No : 38961
  • ISBN 13 : 9781442242500
  • ISBN 10 : 1442242507
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In the last few decades consciousness has become a major topic of interest for neurologists, psychologists, and a host of other professionals in various disciplines. Their concerted efforts to define consciousness led them mostly to the same impasse: the leap from the body to the mind, or to the particular link that makes the mind an attribute of consciousness. In 1895 Freud put together a project for a Psychology for the Neurologists. It comprised the elements of a theory of consciousness as a manifestation of the continuous homeostatic pursuit of stability; an aconscious condition. Although he made a distinction between the aconscious and the unconscious in many of his important works, he did not clearly define the ways in which the two could co-exist in a unified theory.

In Consciousness and the Aconscious in Psychoanalytic Theory, Ahmed Fayek summarizes current arguments and debates stemming from neurological and phenomenological perspectives. He presents the notion that consciousness needs to be considered a human phenomenon and not simply a manifestation of brain activity, which is an occurrence shared by all organisms. Using Freud's theories as they relate to consciousness, Fayek places his own theory of the aconscious within the context of Freudian thought.

About the Author(s)

Ahmed Fayek started his journey in psychoanalysis in Egypt (1953-1965), under the mentorship of three French-trained analysts. He migrated to Canada in 1971, and in Montreal he went through accredited training, subsequently starting a career in clinical psychology.

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