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Mark answers – Week 6

Professor Mark Solms answers four questions from learners participating in the free online course What is a mind?
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Ask Mark responses

I have recorded responses to some of the many interesting questions arising from this course.

I want to leave you with my answers to three questions that relate strongly to what we’ve spoken about in this course, namely how I understand what a mind is from a neuropsychoanalytical perspective.

A) I’d like to know more about the link between depression and anxiety, especially the generalised, global kind of anxiety with no real identifiable cause. Why do some people cope with anxiety or don’t even feel any, when others are riddled with it?

Response to question A – length 09:02

This is an additional video, hosted on YouTube.

B) 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 B – length 09:24

This is an additional video, hosted on YouTube.

C) I have always thought of the unconscious as a mysterious aspect of our brains. The way you frame it sounds as though it is merely to operate functions that don’t need our conscious thought i.e. breathing, walking a familiar route to work, etc. Or do you feel that the unconscious has more of a role to play in how we behave?

Response to question C – length 10:57

This is an additional video, hosted on YouTube.

Feel free to add comments in the discussions or ask more questions. Please note I will unfortunately not be recording new responses during this present course run. We will however share further answers to past questions during the week.

That is it for the Mark answers sessions! I hope you have enjoyed them as much as I have. Please feel free to browse the collection of all my answers from previous runs of this course in the full collection of Ask Mark responses.

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