Sunday May 23, 2021

Mark Solms - The Hidden Spring.

In today’s episode, Mark Solms generously summarizes his latest book “The Hidden Spring: A Journey to the Source of Consciousness” and  highlights -in ten clear principals- his thoughts. He shows us how the source of consciousness is deeply bound up with our affects, and traces the key concepts of Psychoanalysis in light of the most recent neuroscientific discoveries. In this work he not only unveils those experimental confirmations that Freud himself hoped for since the beginning of his theories, but also arrives -with an admirable clarity- to specify some evolutionary junctions for the current psychoanalytic models.

Mark Solms is a South African psychoanalyst and neuropsychologist who is known for his discovery of the brain mechanisms of dreaming and his use of psychoanalytic methods in contemporary neuroscience.  He holds the Chair of Neuropsychology at the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital in the Departments of Psychology and Neurology, and was the President of the South African Psychoanalytical Association. He is also Research Chair of the International Psychoanalytical Association (since 2013), he founded the International Neuropsychoanalysis Society in 2000 and was a Founding Editor of the journal Neuropsychoanalysis. He is is also Director of the Arnold Pfeffer Center for Neuropsychoanalysis at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, as well  Director of the Neuropsychoanalysis Foundation in New York, a Trustee of the Neuropsychoanalysis Fund in London, and Director of the Neuropsychoanalysis Trust in Cape Town.



Solms, M. (2021) Revision of drive theory. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association (JAPA)

Solms, M. (2020) New project for a scientific psychology: General scheme. Neuropsychoanalysis 22:5-35


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