Three core ideas lie at the centre of psychoanalytic thought.
The first is that, as infants, we develop best in an environment of love and fun. Second that our internal worlds are formed in early childhood and have an enduring influence on our relationships throughout our lives. And third, that much of the suffering in this world can be traced to neglect and abuse in childhood.
Psychoanalysts since Freud have passionately believed that these ideas have the power to change our lives and reshape our world.
Now neuroscience and biochemistry are showing that, on these key ideas at least, Freud was right. Continue reading