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Mattana, G. (2018). Unrepressed Unconscious, Implicit Memory, and Clinical Work. Neuropsychoanalysis, 20(1):67-69.

(2018). Neuropsychoanalysis, 20(1):67-69

Book Review

Unrepressed Unconscious, Implicit Memory, and Clinical Work

Giorgio Mattana

The unrepressed unconscious, a theme located at the crossroads between psychoanalysis, neuroscience, and attachment theory, is more or less explicitly present in a very large number of current publications, both theoretical and clinical, on psychoanalysis. Up to now, however, a systematic overview and in-depth study of this theme has been lacking. Unrepressed Unconscious, Implicit Memory, and Clinical Work offers a “state of the art” conceptualization of this topic, bringing it out of the shadowy vagueness which has so often surrounded it in the past. Edited by Clara Mucci and Giuseppe Craparo (both of whom make important contributions), the text also benefits from an illuminating preface written by Peter Fonagy, with whom the editors share basic lines of thought on how Freudian notions of preconsciousness have evolved.

Each of the chapters engages in a systematic exploration of the theme that is extremely informative. The material will indubitably stimulate further research. Without abandoning the classic theorization based on repression generally linked to the more “mature” neurotic pathologies, the authors (including some of the major theoreticians of neuropsychoanalysis) go into the vast and fathomless terrain of the unrepressed unconscious, with its links to implicit memory and the right brain, whose maladies are considered by some of the authors to be responsible for the most severe and resistant pathologies, in varying degrees affected by dissociation and borderline disorder.

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