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Models of the Mind

A Psychoanalytic Theory

In an effort to expand the clinical theory of psychoanalysis, John E. Gedo and Arnold Goldberg delineate and order the various generally accepted systems of psychological functioning, considered here as "models of the mind." The authors provide a historical review of four major models of the mind: the topographic model, the reflex arc model, the tripartite model, and an object relations model. They then investigate the possible hierarchical interrelationships of such models. Each model is shown to represent a different facet of mental functioning and is thus employable on an ad hoc basis. The models are shown not to cancel on another out but to allow for theoretical complementarity.

Gedo and Goldberg apply their theory to four classic psychoanalytic case studies to demonstrate its effectiveness: Freud’s Rat Man, his Wolf Man, the case of Daniel Paul Schreber, and a case of arrested development. For each of these cases the authors show how it would have been both possible and advantageous to apply a variety of different theories as facts about each continued to accumulate.

236 pages | 5.5 x 8.5 | © 1973


Table of Contents

Foreword by Roy R. Grinker, Sr.
I. Introduction and Historical Review
1. The Problem: Current Clinical Theory in Psychoanalysis
2. Freud’s Clinical Theory of 1900: The Topographic Model
3. Freud’s Clinical Theory of 1923: The Tripartite Model
4. Freud’s Conceptualization of the Unstructured Psyche: The Model of the Reflex Arc
5. On the Unformulated Segment of Psychoanalytic Theory: The Emerging Psychology of the Self
II. The Hierarchical Model
6. Developmental Lines in Interaction
7. The Hierarchy of Modes of Psychic Functioning
8. A Demonstration of the Clinical Utilization of the Hierarchical Model
9. Applications of the Hierarchical Model
10. Further Applications of the Hierarchical Model
III. Conclusions and Implications
11. A Psychoanalytic Nosology and Its Implications for Treatment
12. Conclusions and Implications for Psychoanalytic Theory

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