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Shapiro, T. (2010). The Bicameral Brain and the Conflicted Mind and Their Relation to Suggestion and Hypnosis. Neuropsychoanalysis, 12(1):35-38.

(2010). Neuropsychoanalysis, 12(1):35-38

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Commentary by
Theodore Shapiro

Three issues suggested by Raz & Wolfson are illuminated and discussed: (1) Differences between cognitive and dynamic unconscious and their relationship to the history of Freud's original neurological frame of reference; his abandonment of the “Project” as a basis for clinical work and the later post-Freudian attempts to link conflict-based ego psychology to the conflict-free sphere of thought. (2). Discreteness of levels of inquiry from the vantage of instrumentation and technique, as well as the need to keep separate the language of the varied domains that are studied. (3) Suggestion, transference, and dialogue are intertwined, but the historic sequences of their emergence are important to understand Freud's need to disavow suggestion. The independence of free association from suggestion and the significance of repression in Freud's theory would be untenable if all he was doing was infusing the clinical field with preformed suggestions. The new method demanded discovery of what had been repressed for the demonstration Freud intended.

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