21 02 2012

Following the previous post, here is an approach to understand the mind-body link. This approach, among others (that will be mentioned in future posts) may also provide an alternative to the term “mental illness”.

Panksepp & Solmsm, the founders of the Neuropsychoanalysis (NPA) approach, argue that NPA seeks to understand the human mind, especially as it relates to first-person experience while recognizing the essential role of neuroscience in such quests. However, unlike most branches of neuroscience, it positions mind and brain on an equal footing. It recognizes that the mammalian brain is not only an information processing device for behavior, but also the fount of the dynamics that is called mind, from joyous and sad feelings to banal cognitions and idiosyncratic flights of fancy. That is to say, it is impossible to explain complex behaviors without reference to neural networks that mediate subjective mental events: that is, the causal effects of thoughts and feelings.

Neuropsychoanalysis emerged during the 1990s as a response to the need to reconcile psychoanalytic and neuroscientific perspectives on the mind, with the goal of yielding a better understanding of the basic emotional foundations of psychiatric disorders, in the hope of promoting better nosology and therapeutics.

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