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(p. 18) Conceptual and Scientific Foundations 

(p. 18) Conceptual and Scientific Foundations
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(p. 18) Conceptual and Scientific Foundations
Author(s):

Rafael Art. Javier

and William G. Herron

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199766475.003.0002
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date: 29 January 2020

This chapter is concerned with psychoanalysis’s scientific foundations, and starts with describing the conceptual basis of the specialty. This is intertwined with its scientific foundation from biology, evolutionary theory, attachment research, ethology, findings on the nature of memory and sexuality, and so on. The chapter concludes with a discussion of psychoanalytic research methods and the empirical evidence of the viability of the specialty. Recommendations are made for future investigations that could answer what kinds of changes occur in specific patients treated with specific interventions, and in turn the changes that may be expected in personality structures that differ from those of other therapies.

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