`My congratulations to Colin Feltham for assembling a set of contentious issues and lively authors which together made me forget my surroundings' - Person-Centred Practice `Editor Colin Feltham's choice of topics shows an astute, on the ground awareness of the issues that dog the industry, while still making lively reading' - New Therapist In this book, leading practitioners, critics and commentators take sides on many topical and core debates including: · Theoretical issues: Does the unconscious really exist? Is birth trauma a fiction? Should one believe in `false memories'? · Clinical issues: Is ther

Does the Unconscious Mind Really Exist?

Does the Unconscious Mind Really Exist?

Does the unconscious mind really exist?

Can there be such a thing as an unconscious mind? And is the concept in itself not a contradiction in terms? After all, what we call the mind is not a substantive entity with volume and dimensions. Thus it cannot have ‘hidden depths’, ‘deeper layers’ or repressed material ‘brought to the surface’ (into what has it been repressed?). ‘The mind’ is a mere descriptive term, a convenient abstract appellation to encompass our conscious awareness of ourselves and our surroundings, and the cognitive activities involved in their interaction, perceiving, thinking, remembering, feeling. All these functions are co-existent with consciousness. On purely rational grounds, therefore, the term ‘unconscious mind’ is a contradiction in terms.

True, there are underlying ...

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