Cube Installation by Pippa Skotnes
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Ask Mark - Week 6

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Thank you to everyone who posted questions. I have recorded a response to four of the many interesting questions you posed: The video responses are on YouTube with links below (transcripts to follow).

Question 1:

I would like to understand the difference between “thinking” and “feeling”. My subjective experience tells me that there are times when I am simply “thinking”. At other times I am “feeling” an emotion, sometimes for no known reason - at other times the reason is obvious - but either way I then begin to “think” about the “feeling”. Thinking and feeling are obviously very interconnected but which comes first? If feeling precedes thinking, is that always the case?

Response to question 1 - length: 6:42

Question 2:

If our prefrontal cortex is sending us signals to inhibit our actions, to not act in the same way as we have seen others act, even though they are very influential figures in our lives – and we are young and our prefrontal cortex has not fully developed and we are flooded with emotion – How are we supposed to do what they say and not what they do?

Response to question 2 - length 8:11

Question 3:

We discussed depression and addiction. Do the mechanisms behind other mental disorders such as various anxiety disorders, somatoform disorders, have to do with certain primary process affective systems from below being overactivated and the cognitive regulating system from above being weakened? Might anxiety result from a conflict between incompatible basic instincts?

Response to question 3 - length 8:40

Question 4:

What about psychosis? It seems that all four properties of the mind are affected in psychosis. Is the mind damaged, malfunctioning, or is it temporarily or permanently lost? Is it possible, not only metaphorically, to lose one’s mind? If so, can it be recovered?

Response to question 4 - length 9:23

Link to the International Neuropsychoanalysis Society website that Mark mentions

If you missed the Ask Mark responses from last week, visit Step 5.10.

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This article is from the free online course:

What Is a Mind?

University of Cape Town