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Solms, M. (2010). Happy Reading for a Psychoanalyst. Neuropsychoanalysis, 12(2):182-184.

(2010). Neuropsychoanalysis, 12(2):182-184

Happy Reading for a Psychoanalyst Related Papers

Commentary by
Mark Solms

Todd Feinberg identifies the neuropathologies of the self with three lesion sites: the cortical midline, the right-hemisphere convexity, and the frontal lobes. The cortical midline has recently been linked self “with-related processes.” The right-hemisphere convexity is conventionally associated with allocentric (“nonself”) spatial capacities. What distinguishes the right-hemisphere neocortical convexity from the cortical midline here is the developmental level of its ego functions. The special role that Feinberg attributes to the right frontal lobe is due mainly to the fact that it is an overlapping zone between the cortical midline and the right convexity region. The three regions that Feinberg discusses are, therefore, in summary: (1) the cortical midline network, which subserves the introjective functions of the narcissistic core self (Freud's “pleasure ego”); (2) the frontal lobes, which inhibit the pleasure ego and thereby make working memory (and thinking) possible; and (3) the right-hemisphere convexity, which subserves veridical spatial representations that are crucial for the establishment of the reality principle (Freud's “reality ego”).

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