Journal of Psychology and Cognition

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In defense of psychoanalysis

3rd Annual Psychiatrists and Psychologists Meet
April 12, 2022 | Webinar

Sam Vaknin

Southern Federal University,Russia

Scientific Tracks Abstracts : J Psychol Cognition


Psychological theories must be all-inclusive (anamnetic), coherent, consistent, logically compatible, insightful (diagnostic), aesthetic, parsimonious, explanatory, predictive (prognostic), therapeutic, imposing, and elastic. But psychology is constrained because its experiments have to be ethical and are subject to the Psychological Uncertainty Principle: they are unique and lead to undergeneration of testable hypotheses. The psychological theories underlying psychotherapy, though, are good as organizing principles, integrative principles, and purgatory principles.


Sam Vaknin is the author of "Malignant Self-love: Narcissism Revisited" and other books about personality disorders. His work is cited in hundreds of books and dozens of academic.

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