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Shapiro, T. (2016). Bridging Gaps between Conscious and Unconscious. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 97(5):1415-1424.

(2016). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 97(5):1415-1424

Bridging Gaps between Conscious and Unconscious

Theodore Shapiro

Lorenzer's 1983 paper provides a very modern opportunity that permits insight to current psychoanalytic issues. Bridges are constructed across time and languages; linguistics and psychoanalysis; neuroscience and psychoanalysis. Lorenzer's use of scenes also offers a transgenerational opportunity to grasp the mechanisms of interpretation from unconscious procedural and static memory to dream to words. The naming that interpretation allows becomes the reflective symbols that can be used in the therapy in the service of change. This paper is not about the past but illuminates the present across variations in school and technique.

The title chosen represents more than the task described. I will be interpreting and reconsidering, that is bridging the significance of a paper originally written in another language, German, that I am now reading in English translation. It is also a paper originally published in 1983 and is more than 30 years old. Nonetheless, I am going to consider the text as a contribution to current psychoanalytic literature that bridges many other gaps between our primary discipline, psychoanalysis, and linguistics, as well as neuroscience and social communication. I hope that by the end of this essay we can all determine how various disciplines contribute to clinical knowledge and enrich our epistemology and therapeutic praxis as well.

My own vantage as a psychoanalyst has developed and advanced by bridging my psychoanalytic theoretical scaffolding with linguistics and clinical psychiatry along with cognitive neuroscience - all applied not only toward psychoanalytic dialogue, but in understanding children with primary social communication difficulties known as Early Infantile Autism.

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