Neuroscience and the Future of the Self

  • Eugene Taylor
Part of the Library of the History of Psychological Theories book series (LHPT)


Toward the end of the first decade of the 21st century, dynamic theories of personality have been relegated largely to clinical practice in psychology and psychiatry. Experimental research in personality theory has become largely dominated by trait theory, with some call for more narrative, psychobiographical methods from the periphery. Psychoanalysis has become colonized by PhD psychologists and left by the wayside by psychiatrists, who in the medical school curriculum have integrated it into more general “psychodynamically assisted” approaches to psychotherapy. The new focus on neuroscience has barely any reference to personality and has substituted this construct for a more cognitive and behavioral definition of the self. Borrowing a phrase from Fernando Vidal, Sonu Shamdasani has referred to this new focus as the ascendancy of “brainhood.” The person is equal to the brain. 1


Irritable Bowel Syndrome Positive Psychology Autobiographical Memory Relaxation Response Spiritual Experience 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Saybrook Graduate School and Research CenterSan FranciscoUSA

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