Title: Metapsychology – Volume 1st
Author: Dr Vassilis A. Maoutsos
We often become witnesses of people doubting psychoanalysis as regards her fundamentals and her clinical effectiveness. This is despite the reality which tells us that since Freud abandoned the ‘Project’ and started methodically to investigate the ‘unconscious’ he gradually and firmly developed all the pre-conditions for a successful treatment of ‘neuroses’, to say the least. And yet, the psychoanalytic world in a rather paradoxical way insisted in its medically-oriented use of the nature of psychoanalysis and to elbow aside her main ingredient i.e her determining ‘metapsychological’ dimention. It is, of course, a fact that Freud himself never elevated ‘metapsychology’ as high as he would have liked her to be had he not been hesitant to do so. This is something that did not help the psychoanalytic world to indulge deeper in understnding ‘metapsychology’ despite the fact that Freud never stoped raising metapsychological issues and related topics. The detailed study of ‘metapsychology’ that is attempted in this Volume (as well as in the ones that are to follow) marks out that she is neither so difficult as it wrongly has been considered nor so imperfectly handled by Freud and other psychoanalysts. In fact, at the clinical level we could claim that if ‘Metapsychology’ is applied appropriately and according to the dispersed rules that we find scattered in the 23 volumes of the standard edition then she could be of immense help in the psychoanalytic situation.