If there ever was one word that could represent the essence of Freud's work, that word would be 'unconscious'. Indeed, Freud himself regarded his 1915 paper 'The Unconscious' as central to clarifying the fundamentals of his metapsychology. The paper delineates the topographic model of the mind and spells out the concepts of primary and secondary process thinking, thing and word presentations, timelessness of the unconscious, condensation and symbolism, unconscious problem solving, and the relationship between the system Ucs and repression. Examining these proposals in the light of contemporary psychoanalytic theory as well as from the perspective of current neurophysiology and ethology, nine distinguished analysts take Freud's ideas further in ways that have implications for both psychoanalytic theory and practice.

chapter 101|19 pages


BySalman Akhtar

part 1|1 pages

“The unconscious” (1915e)

chapter 102|55 pages

Editor’s Note

Edited BySalman Akhtar, Mary Kay O’Neil, Gennaro Saragnano

part 2|1 pages

Discussion of “The unconscious”

chapter 2|18 pages

“The unconscious” in psychoanalysis and neuropsychology

ByMark Solms

chapter 4|28 pages

A Hindu reading of Freud’s “The unconscious”

ByMadhusudana Rao Vallabhaneni

chapter 5|19 pages

The repressed maternal in Freud’s topography of mind

ByKenneth Wright

chapter 7|13 pages

The unconscious in work with psychosomatic patients 1

ByMarilia Aisenstein

chapter 8|18 pages

The unconscious and perceptions of the self

ByIra Brenner

chapter 9|20 pages

“In spite of my ego”: problem solving and the unconscious 1

ByStefano Bolognini

chapter 10|16 pages


ByMary Kay O’Neil