An exploration of how the unconscious is formed and functions by one of our most renowned experts on emotion and the brain.
This book traces the evolution of the concept of the unconscious from an intangible, metapsychological abstraction to a psychoneurobiological function of a tangible brain. An integration of current findings in the neurobiological and developmental sciences offers a deeper understanding of the dynamic mechanisms of the unconscious. The relevance of this reformulation to clinical work is a central theme of Schore's other new book, Right Brain Psychotherapy.
Reviews and Endorsements:
“This book records the inspiring work of a psychoanalyst and therapist intrigued with Freud's theory of the feelings that move the 'unconscious' mind. Allan Schore reviews 30 years of discoveries in psychology and neuroscience to support appreciation of the creativity of emotional engagements mediated between right hemispheres in intimate attachments through all stages of life.” — Colwyn Trevarthen, PhD, FRSE, Professor (Emeritus) of Child Psychology and Psychobiology, School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, The University of Edinburgh
“In The Development of the Unconscious Mind we join Allan Schore on his intellectual journey as he weaves a scholarly narrative integrating neuroscience into his theoretical model of attachment. At the foundational base of his scholarship is the insightful assumption that modern attachment theory is functionally a theory of self-regulation with a neurobiological substrate. By citing studies across several disciplines, he brilliantly builds a compelling argument for a neurobiological base for his theoretical conceptualizations and applies these conceptualizations to several relevant clinical and developmental questions related to vulnerability, trauma, sex differences, intimacy, and autism.” — Stephen W. Porges, PhD, Distinguished University Scientist, Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, author of The Polyvagal Theory
“Prepare the left side of your brain to be gobsmacked by Schore’s argument for the centrality of the right side of your brain in the development not only of the self, but in loving relationships as well, and the psychopathology of both. Schore is exceptional among most contemporary theorists in simultaneously speaking to the structural organization of the brain and how it functions over the course of early and lifelong development. Through it all Schore never loses sight of the actual messy moment-by-moment reparatory process of social interactions that sculpts individuals’ becoming who they are.” — Ed Tronick, University Distinguished Professor, University of Massachusetts, author of The neurobehavior and social emotional development of infants and young children
1. Early Emotional Attachment, the Development of the Right Brain, and the Relational Origins of the Unconscious Mind
2. Modern Attachment Theory
3. Early Interpersonal Neurobiological Assessment of Attachment and Autistic Spectrum Disorders
4. All Our Sons: The Developmental Neurobiology and Neuroendocrinology of Boys at Risk
5. Early Right Brain Regulation and the Relational Origins of Emotional Well-Being
6. The Development of the Right Brain across the Life Span: What's Love Got to Do with It?
7. Playing on the Right Side of the Brain: An Interview with Allan N. Schore Publlished in the American Journal of Play
About the Author:
Allan N. Schore, PhD, is on the clinical faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, and at the UCLA Center for Culture, Brain, and Development. He is the recipient of the American Psychological Association Division 56: Trauma Psychology "Award for Outstanding Contributions to Practice in Trauma Psychology" and APA's Division 39: Psychoanalysis "Scientific Award in Recognition of Outstanding Contributions to Research, Theory and Practice of Neuroscience and Psychoanalysis."He is also an honorary member of the American Psychoanalytic Association. He is author of three seminal volumes, Affect Regulation and the Origin of the Self, Affect Dysregulation and Disorders of the Self and Affect Regulation and the Repair of the Self, as well as numerous articles and chapters. His Regulation Theory, grounded in developmental neuroscience and developmental psychoanalysis, focuses on the origin, psychopathogenesis, and psychotherapeutic treatment of the early forming subjective implicit self. His contributions appear in multiple disciplines, including developmental neuroscience, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, developmental psychology, attachment theory, trauma studies, behavioral biology, clinical psychology, and clinical social work. His groundbreaking integration of neuroscience with attachment theory has lead to his description as "the American Bowlby" and with psychoanalysis as "the world's leading expert in neuropsychoanalysis." His books have been translated into several languages, including Italian, French, German, and Turkish.