Patrick Mahony’s view on the future of psychoanalysis

By | December 14, 2015

Following Patrick Mahony, the field of psychoanalysis still has plenty of adherents to the nuances that make up this specific field, but with technology continuing to take great leaps forward, the world of neuroscience is quickly challenging that presence.

Part of the reason for this change, according to psychoanalyst Patrick Mahony, is the fact that neuroscience isn’t forced to rely on the preconceived notions and potential biases that comes with the work of someone in this domain. Instead, clear evidence of what’s taking place in an individual’s brain can be seen via x-rays or MRI’s.

In addition, given the fact that different areas of the brain help account for unique individual actions, a more detailed breakdown can often provide a more germane assessment of a patient.

Obviously, the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, never had access to such equipment. However, Patrick Mahony seems to believe, as he’s noted in multiple books that he’s written about Freud, that even having such access might have been dismissed. That’s because Freud’s twisting of certain facts to suit his own opinions about a case appears to have been a recurring theme.

Some in this community feel that the fields are in fact not competing against each other, but actually intersecting. However, Patrick Mahony knows that aberrant behavior by any individual doesn’t necessarily require them to have been under the care of a psychoanalyst. Brain scans have shown that such factors as concussions or tumors might be at fault.