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Pieper, W.J. Muslin, H.L. (1961). A Future Note on the Primal Instinct Theory. Am. Imago, 18(4):383-390.

(1961). American Imago, 18(4):383-390

A Future Note on the Primal Instinct Theory

William J. Pieper, M.D. and Hyman L. Muslin, M.D.

The theory of primal instincts remain perhaps the most controversial of Freud's formulations. This area has been the occasion of many notable papers; the most recent of these is in Eissler's The Psychiatrist and the Dying Patient [1]. Bibring's resume of the Freudian instinct theory is also systematically inclusive [2]. But despite his perceptive analysis, Bibring failed to see the paradox, even contradiction, in the fact that though in his operational concepts Freud was dualistic, his theoretical bias rested on a physical-chemical monistic conception of man. That is, Freud's conception of the ultimate explanation of human behavior rested on a physical chemical basis. We feel that this distinction can be best apprehended by carefully differentiating Freud's formulations into those of a philosophical-speculative nature and those more properly termed hypothetical constructs of a theory of psychology.


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