Psychoanalysis and Complexity

Gabriele Lenti
Psychoanalyst from International, Federation Psychoanalytic Societies Italy, Genova, Italy

Series: Psychology Research Progress
BISAC: PSY026000



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This book is a rich and articulate discussion on the controversial relationship between the cognitive method related to the sciences dealing with the study of complexity (human sciences) and that related to nature sciences.

Scientists indeed, have always been torn by the internal conflict between an apparently exhaustive and linear theory, and its uncertain practice, which falsifies and challenges the certainties of the reference models.

Psychoanalysis has always been a step forward or a step back compared to science in the epistemological field, and constantly in search of an organic relationship with it.

The “complex thought”, therefore, would clarify quite different phenomena, such as those studied by nature sciences and those investigated by psychoanalysis, providing a common key to interpretation of the processes manifest in them. (Imprint: Nova)

Beppe Berruti


Chapter 1 - At the Beginning (pp. 1-6)

Chapter 2 - Myths Dispelled (pp. 7-14)

Chapter 3 - Evolution and Nonlinearity (pp. 15-22)

Chapter 4 - Relation versus Reification (pp. 23-34)

Chapter 5 - Causality (pp. 35-38)

Chapter 6 - Loops (pp. 39-42)

Chapter 7 - Data Complexes (pp. 43-44)

Chapter 8 - Cause and Words (pp. 45-48)

Chapter 9 - In the Beginning Was the Uncanny (pp. 49-52)

Chapter 10 - The Emergence of Order (pp. 53-54)

Chapter 11 - The Arrow of Time (pp. 55-56)

Chapter 12 - Open Systems (pp. 57-58)

Chapter 13 - Sensitive Dependency on Initial Conditions (pp. 59-60)

Chapter 14 - Complexification (pp. 61-62)

Chapter 15 - Possibilities (pp. 63-64)

Chapter 16 - Turbulences (pp. 65-66)

Chapter 17 - Strange Attractors (pp. 67-70)

Chapter 18 - Boundless Objects (pp. 71-74)

Chapter 19 - Complicated or Complex? (pp. 75-80)

Chapter 20 - New Organizational Equilibria (pp. 81-82)

Chapter 21 - The Subject-Object (pp. 83-84)

Chapter 22 - Feedback (pp. 85-86)

Chapter 23 - Autopoiesis (pp. 87-90)

Chapter 24 - Relationships and Analytical Field (pp. 91-94)

Chapter 25 - The Concept of Field and Complex Logic (pp. 95-98)

Chapter 26 - Transformations in the Analyst's Consulting Room (pp. 99-102)

Chapter 27 - Learning (pp. 103-104)

Chapter 28 - The First Steps of Thought (pp. 105-108)

Chapter 29 - Projections (pp. 109-112)

Chapter 30 - Internal Projections (pp. 113-116)

Chapter 31 - Holoprojections (pp. 116-118)

Chapter 32 - Bion's Signs As Operators of a Complex Language (pp. 119-122)

Chapter 33 - More on Hologrammic, Recursive and Dialogic Organization of the Field (pp. 123-126)

Chapter 34 - The Analytic Field and Nonlinearity (pp. 127-138)

Chapter 35 - Promoting the Nonlinearity of Transformations (pp. 139-140)

Chapter 36 - Interactions (pp. 141-142)

Chapter 37 - Naming (pp. 143-144)

Chapter 38 - Epistemology and Style (pp. 145-156)



About the Author


"The book of Dr. Lenti is to be considered as a considerable effort on the part of the author to try to establish an epistemological platform that would support a scientific point of view the evolution of the psychoanalytic theories from Freud's drive theory to the theory that today we might call the theory of affections according to James Grotstein. His intellectual commitment marries our attention and our solidarity of psychoanalysts, I am convinced that we really have to thank him for the publication of this book." - Giuseppe Ballauri

Audience: Psychoanalysts, researchers in the field of psychology and psychoanalysis, science philosophers and epistemologists.

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