Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Law and the Unconscious – A Psychoanalytic Perspective - Yale Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Law and the Unconscious: A Psychoanalytic Perspective

Anne C. Dailey


This book establishes the vital relevance of contemporary psychoanalysis to law. Our legal system is predicated on the idea that people act rationally and of their own free will. Yet the facts of mental life present a much messier picture. Psychoanalysis draws our attention to the hidden, conflicted, wishful, sometimes self-destructive aspects of our inner selves that can produce inexplicable decision making and irrational behavior. With its detailed portrait of the unconscious, psychoanalysis helps us to answer some of the most puzzling questions in law, such as: Why would an individual confe ... More

Keywords: Psychoanalysis, Psychology, Unconscious, Law, Freud, Liberalism, Free will, Rationality, Behavioral law and economics, Cognitive psychology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780300188837
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300188837.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne C. Dailey, author
University of Connecticut