The normal approach to the study of the foundations of
psychoanalysis is to focus on Sigmund Freud's classical texts. In
this book, however, Vesa Talvitie approaches the issue from the
perspective of the foundations of behavioural sciences in general.
He studies the nature of psychological terms and explanations, and
the relation between neuroscience and psychology. Due to the wide
perspective, the author is able to create a fresh view to the
stubborn debate concerning the scientific status of
psychoanalysis.The author shows that both advocates and critics of
psychoanalysis have a tendency to misconstrue the nature of
psychoanalytic theorizing, and thus have had unrealistic
expectations of psychoanalytic explanations. The book tries to
differentiate between those aspects of psychoanalysis which should
be considered scientific, and those aspects of psychotherapies in
general which should not come into the scientific category. This
books will be found to be a valuable contribution to the field of
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