The making of mind

Hobson, R Peter (2014) The making of mind. Psychoanalytic Inquiry: A Topical Journal for Mental Health Professionals, 34 (8). pp. 817-830. ISSN 0735-1690 (Print); 1940-9133 (Online)

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Abstract

To understand how human beings come to have the mental faculties that they do, one would do well to consider the making of mind in at least two senses. First, an evolutionary perspective promises to specify what distinguishes Homo sapiens from nonhuman primate kin, and to set whatever is unique against a background of psychological abilities that we share with our ancestral relatives. Second, an account of individuals’ development from infancy onwards should enable one to see how humans’ species-specific biological endowment dovetails with what the environment provides to yield specifically human psychological capacities. In this article, I argue that to arrive at an overarching theoretical explanation, we should set the capacity to identify with the attitudes of other people at the very core of evolutionary and developmental accounts.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online: 03 Dec 2014. Special issue: Psychoanalysis and evolution: The tentative connection
Subjects: Cognitive Processes, Theory of Mind > Cognitive Processes
Cognitive Processes, Theory of Mind > Theory of Mind
Human Psychological Processes > Biological Psychology
Department/People: Special Units
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/952

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