IPA Webinars 2020

Neuroscientific recommendations to clinicians practicing psychoanalysis:  An interview with Mark Solms by Andrea Rodriguez Quiroga de Pereira

In this webinar Mark Solms, interviewed by Andrea Rodriguez Quiroga, will outline why he thinks our patients suffer mainly from feelings.  He believes that “our clinical work is greatly enhanced if we use the unregulated feelings our patients suffer from as the starting point of our analytic work. From the conscious feelings, we can infer which underlying emotional needs are not being met. This in turn facilitates identification of the repressed predictions that the patient is (unsuccessfully) using to meet that need”.
He will speak  about the latest neuroscientific research, the unconscious (‘non-declarative’), the memory systems, the action programmes (responses), the predictions, the drive needs, the automatisation that involves the “consolidation”, “the repressed” , transference, feelings, conflict, and other concepts.

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Professor Mark Solms
was born in 1961. He was educated at Pretoria Boys’ School and the University of the Witwatersrand. He emigrated to England in 1988. There he worked at University College London and the Royal London Hospital, while he trained at the Institute of Psychoanalysis. He returned to South Africa in 2002, and now holds the Chair of Neuropsychology at the Neuroscience Institute of the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital. His rating by the National Research Foundation is 'A1' and he is a Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa. He has received numerous prizes and honours, such as the Sigourney Prize, the IPA’s Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award and Honorary Fellowship of the American College of Psychiatrists. He is Training Director of the South African Psychoanalytical Association, Director of the Science Dept of the American Psychoanalytic Association and Research Chair of the International Psychoanalytical Association. He has published 350 articles in both neuroscientific and psychoanalytic journals, and he has authored eight books. The Brain and the Inner World was translated into 13 languages. His collected papers were published recently as The Feeling Brain. His next book, The Hidden Spring, will appear in early 2021.  He is the editor and translator of the forthcoming Revised Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud (24 vols) and Complete Neuroscientific Works of Sigmund Freud (4 vols).

Andrea Rodríguez Quiroga de Pereira
PhD in Psychology. Founding member and Director of the Research Team in Psychodynamic Clinical Practice (IPCP). Full member of the Buenos Aires Psychoanalytic Association. Child and Adults Analyst of the IPA. Professor of: Research Methodology (USAL), Psychotherapies (UCA), Final Integration thesis in the specialization of Child and Adolescents Psychoanalysis (IUSAM). Currently Member of the Research Committee of the International Psychoanalytic Association (Clinical Subcommittee). She has published in different national and international journals on Informed Consent, Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, Mentalization and COVID-19, 3Level Model,  case studies and cultural differences in training. Has extensive experience in hospital and private clinical practice. Has contributed to IPA institutions as: Director of the IUSAM Research Department, APdeBAProfessor at the Research Training Programme;  Former President of IPSO (International Organization Of Psychoanalytic Studies).