Edition 9

Mick Power on theoretical and practical influences.

Freud, and the general domain of psychoanalytic thought, have always been controversial. In our lifetime, much of the attack on psychoanalysis has come from within psychology; in particular, on...

Wendy Hollway on how Freud has influenced her thinking on theory and method.

I’m increasingly impressed with how radical a thinker Freud was, now that I appreciate what it takes to excavate anxiety-provoking experience for the purposes of understanding. Freud identified...

Stephen Frosh on the tension between order and disorder in his and Freud’s careers.

It’s funny to reflect on how I became attached to the ‘idea’ of Freud. These days I’m engrossed in questions of identity and otherness, in both psychosocial and psychoanalytic terms. This has led...

Michael Billig with his personal reflections.

During the 1950s and early 1960s the image of the psychologist in popular culture was that of a psychoanalyst – usually male, bearded and speaking with a heavy accent. When I went off to study...

Mark Solms on a perhaps unlikely alliance.

I trained in neuropsychology in the early 1980s. At that time (even more than today) the field was dominated by cognitive theory and methods. We learned a great deal about the manner in which the...

Simon Baron-Cohen on Freud’s place in present and future research.

Empathy has been a central focus of my research over the last 20 years. In my early work, I considered just one ‘fraction’ of empathy, namely ‘theory of mind’ (ToM), or the ability to attribute...