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Vol 11, No 3 (2014)
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The Future

Walter Nieves
Psychiatria 2014;11(3):155-159.

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Vol 11, No 3 (2014)
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Abstract

Traditionally psychoanalysis has concerned itself with exploring the importance of the past by way of memory and the sense of the present by way of emotional states. Left out of this dialogue has been the sense of the future. Neuroscience has demonstrated that a distinct pattern of neural network activation occurs when the future is being contemplated. Thus the brain does not treat the future as a minor cognitive exercise but as an important function to which it devotes a specific network. Exploring an individual’s sense of the future is often ignored in psychoanalysis although many psychological conditions, clearly demonstrate dynamic interactions between expectations, current states and interpretations of the past. An exploration of an individuals “ sense of the future”, its role in an individual’s psychodynamics and how it can be used as a legitimate therapeutic tool is herein argued both from a neuro-cognitive and psychoanalytic perspective.

Abstract

Traditionally psychoanalysis has concerned itself with exploring the importance of the past by way of memory and the sense of the present by way of emotional states. Left out of this dialogue has been the sense of the future. Neuroscience has demonstrated that a distinct pattern of neural network activation occurs when the future is being contemplated. Thus the brain does not treat the future as a minor cognitive exercise but as an important function to which it devotes a specific network. Exploring an individual’s sense of the future is often ignored in psychoanalysis although many psychological conditions, clearly demonstrate dynamic interactions between expectations, current states and interpretations of the past. An exploration of an individuals “ sense of the future”, its role in an individual’s psychodynamics and how it can be used as a legitimate therapeutic tool is herein argued both from a neuro-cognitive and psychoanalytic perspective.

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psychoanalysis, memory, neural plasticity, memory network, projection network, narrative, memory revisionism, sense of future, attachment theory, anxiety, crystallization, navigation, projection, worldview

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Title

The Future

Journal

Psychiatria (Psychiatry)

Issue

Vol 11, No 3 (2014)

Article type

Review paper

Pages

155-159

Bibliographic record

Psychiatria 2014;11(3):155-159.

Keywords

psychoanalysis
memory
neural plasticity
memory network
projection network
narrative
memory revisionism
sense of future
attachment theory
anxiety
crystallization
navigation
projection
worldview

Authors

Walter Nieves

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