The quantum unconscious and the observant consciousness

Lucas, Rui Freire (2016) The quantum unconscious and the observant consciousness. Psychology, 7 (6). pp. 836-863. ISSN Print: 2152-7180 ; Online: 2152-7199 Full text available

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Based on the philosophy of Henri Bergson and the contemporary developments of Quantum Physics, I sought to demonstrate how these developments are incompatible with a positivist vision of reality, which is still influential in the scientific community. Specifically, in the field of Psychoanalysis, I have shown how this outdated epistemology has been responsible for a manic denial of the theories of Carl Gustav Jung and Wilfred Bion (later stage) as part of an immobilising allegiance to a schizo-paranoid functional tradition imposed by its founder. Finally, I have proposed that supported by the formulations of these renegade analysts, psychoanalysis can progress to a depressive position, eventually transmitting this integrated perspective of reality to the rest of the scientific community and postmodern society in general.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Thesis defended in 2013 at the end of the author’s training program in Intensive Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Unconscious, Observation, Quantum Mechanics, Psychoanalysis, Epistemological Reformulation
Subjects: Psychological Therapies, Psychiatry, Counselling > Psychoanalysis

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