Dr. William Johnson has given us a tour de force ─ a bona fide original conception taking Freud’s psychoanalysis to a profound, daring, and significant step further. This Johnson’s work, Triadic Drive Theory, is such an example of what happens when a scientist/clinician opens our eyes to a new and perhaps fantastic idea. Copernicus did it in his heliocentric discovery, by demonstrating that it is the Earth that revolves around the sun, and not the other way around. Darwin did it by demonstrating that evolution ‘evolves,’ so that it is characterized by a past, a present, and a future, and therefore that Homo sapiens has a relation even to the amoeba! Freud also gave us this kind of challenging gift, in a nutshell telling us that we may not even know our own minds, and therefore that the meta-psychology of psychoanalysis can give us access to such mentation and to all of its vicissitudes. Similarly, in an important way, Johnson challenges us to see that Freud, in fact, was right to unfold psychoanalysis into biology; but perhaps psychoanalysis must by all means be taken even more fundamentally ─ down to physics! And that is what Johnson has done here. He has not only opened the door to suggest the connection of psychoanalysis to physics, but has spelled out this connection highly specifically, by offering us the “updated” drive theory. After reading this work, one cannot come away without feeling a cluster of emotions and characterizations. These include characterizations such as “fascinating,” “audacious,” “unprecedented,” “courageous,” “ground-breaking,” and yes, along with all of this, a final epiphany revealed about Dr. William Johnson himself (in his “mad” pursuit for scientific truth) ─ a piece of genius.
How is our mentality created? How does the human mind develop? Are there any natural or super-natural forces present through one’s life that shape this person’s (material) brain and (non-material) mind/ psyche? Are the material brain and non-material mind connected in some way, and do they change each other as they operate, even from before birth? Are both the brain and the mind of one person connected in any way to the minds and brains of others? All these are the fundamental questions that great people of the 19th and 2oth centuries explored, and now, in the 21st century, their followers continue this endeavor. So, this volume, by a brilliant psychoanalyst Dr. William L. Johnson, offers some answers to the above questions, examining them through the lens of the Triadic Drive Theory (TDT), which explains how the forces of the universe create our mentality. Triadic Drive Theory is built on Freud’s dual drive theory, which relies mostly on biological concepts, but in this work, Dr. Johnson uses the laws and the language of physics, cosmos and the universe to explore one’s mental life and one’s relationships.