John E Gedo

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  • J E Gedo
  • 1995
Although Freud encoded the idea of "working through" as a mere metaphor, it served the essential role of designating the necessary activities of analyst and analysand that go beyond the elucidation of mental contents through interpretation. From a neurobiological viewpoint, these processes involve the establishment of new neural networks through gradual(More)
  • J E Gedo
  • 1997
Unable to correlate clinical findings with contemporary neurophysiology, Freud tried to anchor psychoanalysis within biology through a speculative metapsychology. Recently, epistemological objections have led to abandonment of his proposals qua scientific theory, although many still use them metaphorically. Others deny the need for any general theory of(More)
To demonstrate the relevance of an artist's biography to the understanding of her creations, no instance is more persuasive than the career of the 17th-century Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi. Numerous scholars have attempted to correlate the nature of her subject matter with the more dramatic events of her picaresque private life. A psychoanalytic(More)
Expressly leaving aside the classical Freudian theory of instinctual drives, itself largely based on obsolete biological models, and drawing on Lichtenberg's theory of motivation, Gedo outlines a five-stage motivation model encompassing both pre-programmed biological patterns and those acquired via learning and experience. With reference to brief examples(More)
The question of the form of analytic interventions is an important one in the context of the theory of analytic techniques. On the basis of 4 brief case descriptions, the author demonstrates that certain therapeutic situations call for a choice of language which echoes that employed by the analysand, thus representing something akin to the latter's inner(More)
  • J E Gedo
  • 1992
Sigmund Freud, a passionate collector of antiquities, often treated these objects as animate beings. He described such blurring of boundaries between persons and things in the protagonist of W. Jensen's novella, Gradiva. Freud began collecting when his father died, but his unusual attitude toward artefacts was established much earlier, presumably as a(More)