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Matthis, I. Zellner, M. Stora, J.B. (2007). Psychoanalysis, Medicine and Neurosciences Group, Paris. Neuropsychoanalysis, 9(2):232-233.

(2007). Neuropsychoanalysis, 9(2):232-233

Psychoanalysis, Medicine and Neurosciences Group, Paris

Edited by:
Iréne Matthis, Maggie Zellner

Jean Benjamin Stora

In October 2006, with Professor J.-F. Allilaire, the head of the Department of Psychiatry and Professor M.-O. Bitker, Department of Urology, we launched a new diploma at the Faculty of Medicine: “Integrative Psychosomatics, Psychoanalysis, Medicine and Neurosciences.” It is a new approach developed in a recent publication by Jean Benjamin Stora: La neuro-psychanalyse (2006). This is the first publication in French presenting the neuropsychoanalytic approach developed by Mark Solms and others. In chapter 5 of the book the author proposes a neuropsychosomatic approach to the stages of psychosexual maturation, amplifying Freud's theory in relation to somatopsychic organizations. In conclusion, he indicates the need to develop a meta-model derived from both metapsychology and neuroscience to meet the challenges posed by the neurobiologi-cal view of thought. The author proposes that beside the classic neuropsychoanalytic approach, there is room for a neuropsy-chosomatic line dealing more with the neurohormonal system. Man is not only neuronal but basically psycho-neuro-hormonal. In June 2007 Karnac published a new book by Stora entitled When the Body Displaces the Mind, presenting a new approach to body-mind relations with a view to achieving better understanding and therefore better treatment of patients suffering from somatic diseases, with a preface written by Mark Solms. The author postulates the existence of somatopsychic organizations throughout the process of psychosexual development, thus supplementing in the somatic domain the developmental stages (oral, anal, phallic, and genital) proposed by Freud to make these into comprehensive organizations that are no longer restricted to the psychic apparatus. Thus the psyche is no longer separated from the body, and the body-mind dichotomy is removed, giving way to a continual process of integration of the psyche, the organic functions, and the central nervous system, which occurs during the first twenty years of life in human beings.


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