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Smith, S.R. (1966). Psychoanalytic Review. LI, No. 4, 1964-1965: Elaborating Hebb's Model for Psychoanalytic Theory. Arthur Stein. Pp. 105-120.. Psychoanal Q., 35:162-163.
    
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(1966). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 35:162-163

Psychoanalytic Review. LI, No. 4, 1964-1965: Elaborating Hebb's Model for Psychoanalytic Theory. Arthur Stein. Pp. 105-120.

Stewart R. Smith

Hebb's model is the theoretical view of the central nervous system as a self-organizing neurological machine composed of cell assemblies that determine behavior as they grow from experience. This is similar to an early idea of Freud that mental functioning might be explained by thinking of it as coming from a neurological machine that runs itself.

Stein would like a psychoanalytic theory that explains all psychological phenomena. He is not satisfied either with Freud's system of constructs which define

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forces, energy, and structures, or with the model evolved by Rapaport based on Freud's system. The author proposes using the neurological language of Hebb to arrive at a theoretical model that would explain everything in psychology and 'painlessly dissolve certain conceptual encumbrances of psychoanalysis'.

The reviewer's reaction to such a liquidation is that the mechanical abstractions elaborated would appeal only to a rigidly defended compulsive character. The attempts to demonstrate the model in action have very little to do with clinical experience.

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Article Citation

Smith, S.R. (1966). Psychoanalytic Review. LI, No. 4, 1964-1965. Psychoanal. Q., 35:162-163

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