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Being of Two Minds by Arnold I. Goldberg

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Chapter 12

TRYING ON ANOTHER MIND

I am afraid that this may be seen as an old-fashioned book. It uses traditional and somewhat out-of-date ideas about psychological defenses and structure, transference and countertransference. In particular, it focuses on the concept of disavowal and its many other names. It is strikingly neglectful of new ideas coming out of neurophysiology, cognitive science, interpersonal and intersubjective relations, and motivational theory (Shevrin 1997). Mainly it talks about the mind, and here one is forced not to equate the mind with the brain, because surely the title Being of Two Minds cannot be equated with being of two brains. As Barbara Herrnstein Smith (1998) has observed, “The mind may be seen as a name given ...

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