Is psychoanalysis a science?

I’ve just been re-reading Freud’s An Outline of Psycho-Analysis1 which was his last attempt to give a concise exposition of his ideas and their clinical application.  This paper was written in 1938, very near to the end of Freud’s life.  I think this in itself is significant because by this …

The ghost in the machine

The idea of homo psychologicus is that of the ‘little man’ (or woman) inside the human body which directs its affairs. It is related very closely to the idea of the Cartesian cogito and also to the notion of the ego or self.   Homo psychologicus is a very lonely, isolated …

What are words worth?

Not a lot if you believe people like Ewan Morrison, who has argued that (i) the advent of self e-publishing marks the end of the world of writing and publishing as we know it1 and (ii) self e-publishing is the latest economic bubble, following on from the dotcom and sub-prime …

On being lost for words

For me, this is, ultimately, what brings people to analysis. What does this mean, i.e. to be lost for words? Not being able to speak? Maybe. Or is it rather a matter of being able to speak almost too well – except that nothing is really said at all? Many …