Edition 12

Peter Fonagy assesses evidence for the effectiveness of psychoanalytic treatment.

At first we hope too much, later on, not enough. (Joseph Roux, Meditations of a Parish Priest, 1886)
In 1903, in his contribution to Loewenfeld’s book on obsessional phenomena, Freud wrote:...

Mark Solms on dreaming in the neuropsychological age.

In 1953 a physiological state known as ‘REM sleep’ was discovered by Aserinsky and Kleitman (1953).
This is a paradoxical state in which one is simultaneously highly aroused and yet fast...

Chris R. Brewin and Bernice Andrews uncover parallels between repression and modern cognitive theories of forgetting

For many years the central role accorded to mechanisms of psychological defence was one of the characteristics that divided psychoanalytic theory and therapy from behavioural and cognitive...

Mick Power delves into the unconscious and finds several of Freud’s ideas alive and well.

Many people believe that Freud discovered the unconscious, while the more cynical would even claim that he invented it. However, the magnificent history of the subject — The Discovery of the...

James Reason on unconscious urges and cognitive cock-ups.

We should begin by reminding ourselves of what Freud actually said about slips and lapses. He was rarely one to mince his words. ‘A suppression of a previous intention to say something is the...

Susan M. Andersen and Regina Miranda argue that transference is a normal, everyday process.

Our research addresses the clinical concept of transference, and shows that Freud got it partly right. In fact, transference is not confined to the psychiatrist’s couch: it is at work in our...

Guest Editors Bernice Andrews and Chris R. Brewin introduce a special issue on Freudian theory in the light of modern research.

The last quarter of the 20th century has seen growing academic criticism of, and public scepticism about, Freudian theory and practice. With very few exceptions (e.g. Eysenck, 1986) it is notable...

Steve Baldwin and Paul Cooper debate the issues.