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Freud, Darwin, and the holding environment.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17480194     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Freud's hypothesis of the neonate, derived from the data of adult psychoneurotic patients, was of a supremely narcissistic being who lived in a dreamlike state of hallucinatory satisfaction. A corollary hypothesis was that the neonate's drive to attach was learned and emerged only after the failure of wish fulfillment. These hypotheses provided the ground for Freud's theories of regression, dream, primary process, and pleasure principle. Darwin's data of the neonate, collected from his observations of a variety of mammals, led him to the conclusion that attachment in mammals is innate. Until 1969 and the work of John Bowlby, psychoanalytic thinking faithfully followed Freud. If psychoanalysis is to survive, then it must attach itself to data and discard any theories that are based on unproveable hypotheses, even if those hypotheses are Freud's.
Richard Brockman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Biography; Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry     Volume:  35     ISSN:  1546-0371     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Acad Psychoanal Dyn Psychiatry     Publication Date:  2007  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-05-07     Completed Date:  2007-06-21     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101177980     Medline TA:  J Am Acad Psychoanal Dyn Psychiatry     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  127-36     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons.
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MeSH Terms
Famous Persons*
Freudian Theory*
History, 19th Century
Neurotic Disorders / psychology*
Regression (Psychology)
Social Environment*
Personal Name Subject
Personal Name Subject:
Sigmund Freud; Charles Darwin
Comment In:
J Am Acad Psychoanal Dyn Psychiatry. 2007 Spring;35(1):137-40; discussion 141   [PMID:  17480195 ]

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