by Mats Winther
Abstract: It is argued that psychoanalysis in the future can be sanctioned in academia, and find acceptance in the health business, only if metapsychological concepts become common knowledge. Psychoanalysis, and neighbouring branches, suffer from conceptual isolation. A knowledge of the unconscious belongs in public consciousness. Empirical research must be on firm theoretical ground, which is not the case today. For this reason, neither research nor a clinical approach can give direction to psychoanalysis. The answer lies in a theoretical perspective, a clarifying of metaphysical and metapsychological assumptions.
Keywords: dialectics, interiority, metapsychology, empiricism, physicalism, cognitive-behavioral