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Issaharoff, E.B. (2001). Theoretical and Methodological Problems of Psychoanalysis and Cognitive psychologies: Commentary by Eduardo B. Issaharoff. Neuropsychoanalysis, 3(1):19-23.

(2001). Neuropsychoanalysis, 3(1):19-23

Theoretical and Methodological Problems of Psychoanalysis and Cognitive psychologies: Commentary by Eduardo B. Issaharoff

Eduardo B. Issaharoff

In order to foster a partnership between psychoanalysis and cognitivism, so that they may work together, it is essential to ask ourselves what trend in cognitivism and what trend in psychoanalysis we should choose to participate in this partnership. Both sciences have various schools of thought, each of which advocates positions using terms that have very different meanings for each group, and in turn, each group has divergent ideas about the nature of the mind.

In the case of cognitivism, we shall consider two positions related to computation in mental processes. There are currently two main schools of psychoanalysis: One school conceives of the mind as a system of meanings that must be understood by means of hermeneutic procedures; the other considers meaning as having biological structures supported by specific functions. Only the laws of language and discourse apply in the first case; in the second, the laws of the biological sciences complete the explanation of the functions of the mind.

Cognitivism was born from and grew through the contribution of many techniques and theories.

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