chapter  4
The phenomenological unconscious
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This chapter explores the nature of phenomenological unconsciousness that is consistent with the critiques drawn from psychology, philosophy, and neuroscience as well as consider how the concepts of knowability and unknowability offers a better foundation for the clinical observations. There has been only limited interest on the part of psychoanalysts in a number of psychological phenomena that may be grouped around the concept of the uncanny or parapsychology. They include the spiritual experience of god, the uncanny itself, thought transference, telepathy, and the collective unconscious. Telepathy and thought transference are described psychoanalytically, beginning with, but without any hypotheses, and a belief in god has been thought about as a function of metapsychologically described processes, without any consideration of what it might be referring to in reality. A relational unconscious begins to form with the patient and therapist's first contact, but their individual connectedness to their own larger social networks influences this formation from the very first beginnings.