mental apparatus

men·tal ap·pa·ra·tus

mental structure consisting of thoughts, feelings, cognitions, and memories; in psychoanalysis, the topographic structure of the mind.
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"It seems that whatever mental apparatus allows us to differentiate dozens of people also allows us to differentiate thousands of people."
During my formative years, in my early teens, pure chance, acting via a very perceptive second-hand book seller, delivered me a book that had a profound impact on my mental apparatus. It has lasted me a lifetime and over the years I have found myself dipping into it for a refresher whenever the need arises.
Scholars of philosophy explore the role of topology in Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalysis both generally and in specific contexts in which this epistemological reference provides insight into the nature of mental apparatus, language, and knowledge.
The author notes that, in these women's lives, there was a sexual intrusion in their mental apparatus made by their parents when they were children, and also some paradoxical behavior related to sexuality made by their parents.
Bion believed the working through of painful emotional experiences should be deemed a core task for a healthy functioning of the mental apparatus. He even advocated that the practice of psychoanalysis should aim at enhancing the individual's capacity to experience, tolerate and understand mental pain:
This does prompt the question of whether he's unlucky or whether there is some flaw in that superbly functioning mental apparatus of his when it has to connect with the real world?
The death instinct is the aspect of the mental apparatus that do not protect life or preserve pleasure.
In this way, our mental apparatus is constantly undergoing transformation through its engagement with other objects in the world.
The relation between the failure to build a mental apparatus and the psychotic part of personality will be explained in depth in the following pages.
Therefore, bias, preconception, and preconditioning are built into his mental apparatus, as they are into every human's mental apparatus.
He explores Kant and Hume and Rawls in some detail and uses their insights to characterize different aspects of the human mental apparatus that can become involved in moral judgments.
firstly, and more broadly a useful reminder that early Christian exegetes' arguments often focused as much on the mental apparatus used to approach texts as they did on the texts themselves.