Donald Stern, PhD
October 16-18, 2020
Donnel B. Stern, Ph.D is Training and Supervising Analyst at the William Alanson White Institute in New York City; Clinical Consultant and Adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychology at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy; and faculty, New York Psychoanalytic Institute. He is the Founder and Editor of a book series at Routledge, "Psychoanalysis in a New Key,” which has 60 books in print and another 15 in various stages of completion. He is the former Editor-in-Chief of Contemporary Psychoanalysis. He has written many articles and book chapters, and four books: Unformulated Experience: From Dissociation to Imagination in Psychoanalysis (1997); Partners in Thought: Working with Unformulated Experience, Dissociation, and Enactment (2010); Relational Freedom: Emergent Properties of the Interpersonal Field (2015); The Infinity of the Unsaid: Unformulated Experience, Language, and the Nonverbal (2018). He is the co-editor of four books: Pioneers of Interpersonal Psychoanalysis (1995), The Handbook of Interpersonal Psychoanalysis (1995), The Interpersonal Perspective in Psychoanalysis, 1960s-1990s: Rethinking Transference and Countertransference (2017), and The Interpersonal Perspective in Psychoanalysis, 1980s-2010s: Evolving Interest in the Analyst’s Subjectivity (2017). He serves as Associate Editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and The Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, and is a member of the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Inquiry, Psychoanalytic Psychology, and The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. He is in private practice in New York City, where he sees adolescents and adults in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, does clinical consultation, and leads private study groups.
Seminar title : The emergent properties of the interpersonal field
Seminar description : We will discuss the origins and history of interpersonal and relational psychoanalysis, moving on to issues that have been of specific interest in my own thinking: unformulated experience, dissociation, enactment, and field theory. We will discuss interpersonal/relational field theory and its relation to neo-Bionian field theory. We will also discuss the recent changes I have introduced to the theory of unformulated experience, presented in my most recent book, The Infinity of the Unsaid.
Stern, D.B. (2018). Otherness in psychoanalysis: On recognizing the critics of relational psychoanalysis. In: Decentering Relational Theory: A Comparative Critique. L. Aron, S. Grand, & J. Slochower, Eds. London: Routledge, pp. 27-48.
Stern, D.B. (2018). How does history become accessible? Reconstruction as an emergent product of the interpersonal field. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, pp. 493-506.
Stern, D.B. (2018). The Infinity of the Unsaid: Unformulated Experience, Language, and the Nonverbal. New York: Routledge
Robert Grossmark, PhD
November 6-8, 2020
Robert Grossmark, PhD, ABPP teaches and supervises at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy; The National Institute for the Psychotherapies Program in Adult Psychoanalysis; The National Training Program in Psychoanalysis, The Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society and other psychoanalytic institutes and clinical psychology doctoral programs.
He is author of numerous psychoanalytic articles about clinical process and is author of the: The Unobtrusiv
Relational Analyst: Explorations in Psychoanalytic Companioning and co-editor of The One & The Many: Relational Approaches to Group Psychotherapy and Heterosexual Masculinities: Contemporary Perspectives from Psychoanalytic Gender Theory all published by Routledge, Taylor & Francis
Seminar Title: The Unobtrusive Relational Analyst, Enactment and Narrative: The Shift from Epistemology to Ontology in Psychoanalysis
Seminar Description: This course addresses the challenges met when working as a relational analyst with patients who cannot “work together” with an analyst, who are not sufficiently able to symbolize and mentalize. The course addresses both patients who suffer disturbances in the area of self-other definition, continuity and regulation of self, as well as patients who can appear to be more related and reflective, but harbor sequestered self states that are dominated by areas of unrepresented and unsymbolized trauma and neglect.
This seminar will present the position of the unobtrusive relational analyst who companions the patient in the emergence of illusion, fragmentation and non-relatedness and privileges the inner world of the patient that becomes the signature and defining sculptor of the clinical interaction and process.
Unrepresented and unformulated trauma and neglect announce themselves in the flow of mutual enactive engagement and rather than seek to move the patient into greater relatedness and insight, the analyst companions the patient in the emergence of yet to be known and thought narratives of trauma and fragmentation. The tilt is toward an ontological position that privileges being-with the patient rather than epistemological where meaning can be symbolized and interpreted.
There will be the didactic presentation of ideas and theory as well as case discussions.
Aron, L. & Atlas, G. (2018) Generative Enactments. In L. Aron & G. Atlas Dramatic Dialogues: Contemporary Clinical Practice, pp. 1-20
Aron, L. & Atlas, G. (2018) The prospective function. In L. Aron & G. Atlas Dramatic Dialogues: Contemporary Clinical Practice, pp. 21-41
Aron, L. and Bushra, A. (1998). Mutual Regression: Altered States in the Psychoanalytic Situation. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 46:389-412
Eshel O. (2013). Patient-analyst “withness”: On analytic “presencing”, passion, and compassion in states of breakdown, despair, and deadness.Psychoanal. Quarterly, 82:925-963.
Grossmark, R. (2012) The Unobtrusive Relational Analyst, Psychoanalytic Dialogues
Grossmark, R. (2012) The Flow of Enactive Engagement. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 48,3, 287-300
Grossmark, R. (2016) Psychoanalytic Companioning, Psychoanalytic Dialogues. 26: 698-712
Grossmark, R. (2018) Enactment: the Total Situation, In R. Grossmark, The Unobtrusive Relational Analyst: Explorations in Psychoanalytic Companioning, Hove UK, New York: Routledge
Grossmark, R. (2018) The Work of the Narrative and Enactive Co-Narration. Chapter 7 in R. Grossmark, The Unobtrusive Relational Analyst: Explorations in Psychoanalytic Companioning. Hove UK, New York: Routledge
Grossmark, R (2018) Everything happens at once: The emergence of symmetric enactment, In R. Grossmark, The Unobtrusive Relational Analyst: Explorations in Psychoanalytic Companioning, Hove UK, New York: Routledge
Grossmark, R. (2017) Narrating the Unsayable: Enactment, Repair and Creative Multiplicity in Group Psychotherapy, International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, Vol. 67, Issue 1.
Grossmark, R. (2018) The Unobtrusive Relational Group Analyst and the Work of the Narrative, Psychoanalytic Inquiry
Reis, B. (2010). Performative and enactive features of psychoanalytic witnessing: The transference as the scene of address. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 90:. 1359-1372.
Reis, B. (2018) Being-with: From infancy through philosophy to psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Inquiry, (38) 2: 130-137
Lynne Zeavin, Psy.D
December 4-6, 2020
Lynne Zeavin, Psy.D is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in full-time private practice in New York City. She is a Supervising and Training Analyst at The New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and an Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. Dr. Zeavin has published widely on various subjects but she has a particular interest in Kleinian theory and the nature of the object in psychical experience. She is currently co-editing the second volume of Hating in the First Person Plural, with Donald Moss. In addition, with three colleagues, she has founded Green Gang, a group devoted to the study of psychoanalysis and our human relationship with the natural world. The former chair of the Fellowship Program of the American Psychoanalytic Association, she also serves on the editorial boards of The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, and Division/Review.
Seminar Title: Melanie Klein and The Contemporary Kleinians: Beginning Theory and Technique
Participants will be exposed to key elements of Melanie Klein’s theory of the mind. Klein is a descendant of Freud and shares many views with him: Klein’s project is often an elaboration of an aspect of Freud’s own work. A central conceit for Klein however is the status of the object. For Freud the object is 'the means by which the instinct satisfies its aims'. For Klein the object is present from birth—and as such is crucial to the development of the ego. Klein’s central focus on anxiety will be the subject of the first part of our meeting—we will concentrate on the earliest anxiety, annihilation anxiety, and from there more to paranoid and depressive anxieties. Clinical Material will be used to illustrate the distinctions between the two types of anxieties. (Readings: Betty Joseph, Two Types of Anxiety and their Handling in the Clinical Situation, Klein On Schizoid Mechanisms, and O’Shaughessy: The Absent Object); John Steiner, The Equilibrium between the Paranoid Schizoid and Depressive Positions.
The second part of our meeting on Saturday afternoon will take up early workings of the mind—how the manic defense is used to defend against both depressive and paranoid anxieties. We will talk about both the manic defense and mourning as well as read some crucial papers on identification which can propel or impede the work of development, particularly the introjection of what Klein calls the ‘good object.’ (Reading: Melanie Klein, Mourning and Its Relation to Mani Depressive States; Hanna Segal, Manic Reparation, Ignes Sodre, Non Vixit, Ignes Sodre, Who’s Who?)
On Sunday morning we will discuss Kleinian clinical technique, addressing the different levels of the personality and how they present in the clinical situation as well discuss some clinical papers that describe different presentations and their challenges to working clinically. We will discuss projection, projective identification, and countertransference as crucial elements in working in the here and now. Readings: Priscilla Roth, Mapping the Landscape, Michael Feldman, Projective Identification: The Analyst’s Involvement; also The Dynamics of Reassurance, Elizabeth Spillius, CLnical Experiences of Projective Identification.
Feldman, M (2009) Doubt and Conviction in the Analytic Process, Routledge On the Dynamics of Reassurance (PEP WEB)
Joseph, B. (1989) Two Different Types of Anxiety and Their Handling in the Clinical Situation in Psychic Equilibrium and Psychic Change or on PEP WEB
Klein, M. (1946) Notes on Some Schizoid Mechanisms in The Writings of Melanie Klein, Vol 3, Hogarth Press
Klein, M. (1940) Mourning and its relation to manic - depressive states in The Writings of Melanie Klein, Vol 2, Hogarth Press
O’Shaughnessy, E. (2014) The Collected Papers of Edna O’Shaughnessy, Rusbridger ed, The New Library of Psychoanalysis (1992) Enclaves and Excursions, International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 73: 603
The Absent Object PEP WEB.
Where is here? When is Now? PEP WEB
Roth, P. (1994) Being true to a false object; Notes on Identification, Psychoanalytic Inquiry 14 (3) 393-405.
Mapping the Landscape.Pep WEB
Segal, H. (1993) On the clinical usefulness of the death instinct: International Journal of Psychoanalysis: No 74: 55-61
Manic Reparation in the Collected Works of Hanna Segal
Sodre, I. (2015) Non Vixit in Imaginary Existences: a psychoanalytic exploration of phantasy, fiction, dreams and daydreams, The New Library of Psychoanalysis
Who’s Who: Notes on Pathological Identifications (see above)
Spillius, E. Spillius, E.B. (1992). Clinical Experiences of Projective Identification. New Library of Psychoanalysis, 14:59-73
Steiner, J. The Equilibrium between the Paranoid Schizoid and Depressive Positions in New Library of Psychoanalysis: 14:46
Steiner, J. (1993) Psychic Retreats: Pathological Organizations in Psychotic, Neurotic and Borderline Patients, Routledge
Betty Joseph, Transference: The total situation, PEP WEB
Jamieson Webster, PhD
January 15-17, 2021
Jamieson Webster, PhD is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. She is the author of The Life and Death of Psychoanalysis (2011) and Conversion Disorder: Listening to the Body in Psychoanalysis (2018); she also co-wrote, with Simon Critchley, Stay, Illusion! The Hamlet Doctrine (2013). She teaches at the New School for Social Research and supervises doctoral students in clinical psychology at the City University of New York. She is a member of IPTAR and Das Unbehagen.
Seminar Title: Psychoanalysis and the Body: Conversion in Freud and Lacan
When thinking of the classical image of hysterical symptoms many bear in mind the Freudian idea of translating these symptoms into language as a texture of memory, conflict, and wish. But what if the process wasn’t so uni-directional? What could an embodied psychoanalysis look like? What problems does this pose for the listening analyst? From Freud’s early definition of conversion, to his notion of the drive on the frontier of the somato-psychic, to Lacan’s distrust of know edge exemplified in the symptom’s symbolic over-interpretation, and his focus on what he names jouissance, we will re-consider the centrality of the body in psychoanalytic process.
Freud, S. (1900). The Interpretation of Dreams. The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume IV (1900): The Interpretation of Dreams (First Part), Pp. 96-121.
Freud, S. (1920) Beyond the Pleasure Principle. The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Vol. 18.
Lacan, J. (1988) The Seminar of Jacques Lacan Book II: The Ego in Freud’s Theory and in the Technique of Psychoanalysis. (trans. Tomaselli). New York: Norton. Pp. 146-171.
Lacan, J. (2014) The Seminar of Jacques Lacan Book X: Anxiety (trans. Price) London: Polity. Pp. 157-210.
Webster, J. (2018) Conversion Disorder: Listening to the Body in Psychoanalysis. New York: Columbia University Press.
Joseph Newirth, PhD
February 5-7, 2021
Joseph Newirth, PhD is a Professor at the Derner School of Psychology at Adelphi University. He is a supervisor at the N.Y.U. Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, New York University, and is on the faculty and a supervisor at the National Training Program at the National Institute of the Psychotherapies, New York, NY. He received his BA from the City College of New York, his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts and his psychoanalytic training at the William Alanson White Institute. He has published numerous articles in professional journals and frequently presents papers at national and international conferences. His first book, Between Emotion and Cognition: The generative unconscious (2003) received the Gradiva prize for critical analysis and interpretation in 2004. His second book, From Sign to Symbol: Transformational Process in Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy and Psychology (2018) was published by Lexington Books and received the American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis annual book award (2019) in Clinical Psychoanalysis
Seminar Title: Projective Identification, Enactment, Reverie And Interpretation
In preparation for the class I would like you to think about the place of theory in your work, the nature of the unconscious and the question: “What do I believe works” or what is transformative in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Also, I would like you to bring a written segment of dialogue from your work which focuses on transference countertransference issues, confusion or a difficult moment. I am looking forward to meeting with you
The primary text are:
Newirth, J (2018) From Sign to Symbol: Transformational Processes in Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy and Psychology. Lexington Books, New York
Newirth, J., (2003) Between Emotion and Cognition: The Generative Unconscious. Other Press, New York
ADDITIONAL READINGS: Please read all papers in bold and other papers as they are of interest to you.
Projective Identification, Enactment, Reverie and Interpretation.
Shoenhals, H. (1996) Triangular Space and Symbolization. Psychoanal. Inquiry. 16: 167-183
Ogden, T. (1999). 'The music of what happens' in poetry & psychoanalysis., Int. J. Psychoanal., 80:979-994.
Ogden, T.H. (1995). Aliveness and deadness of the transference-countertransference.., Int. J. Psy
Ogden, T. (1997). Reverie and interpretation., Psychoanal. Q., 66:567-595.
Newirth, J. (1999) Power in the Psychoanalytic Relationship: Symmetrical, Complementary, Meta-complementry. J Melanie Klein and Object
Newirth, J. (2005) A case study of power in the eroticized transference – countertransference. Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 25, 264 – 295.
Ginot, E., (2009) The empathic power of enactments: The link between neuropsychological processes and a expanded definition of empathy. Psychoanalytic Psychology 36 (3) 290 – 309.
Ogden, T. H. (2003) On not being able to dream. Int. J. Psychoanal., 84: 17 – 30.l
Ogden, T. H. (2004) The art of psychoanalysis: Dreaming undreamt dreams and interrupted cries. I J Psa, 85; 857 – 878.
Ogden, T.H. (2004) On holding and containing, being and dreaming. International J of Psychoanalysis, 86, 1349 – 1364.
Ogden, T. H. (2007) On talking-as-dreaming. Int. J. Psycho-anal. 88(3) 575 – 590.
Ogden, T.H. (2010) On three forms of thinking: Magical thinking, dream thinking and transformative thinking. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, LXXIX(2) 317 - 347
Ferro, A. (2009). Transformations in Dreaming and Characters in the Psychoanalytic Field , . Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 90(2):209-230
Civitarese, G. (2019). On Bion’s Concepts of Negative Capability and Faith. Psychoanal Q., 88(4):751-783.
de Barros, I.G. (2012). The Latin American Contribution to the Psychoanalytic Concept of Phantasy. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 93(6):1427-1437.
Contemporary Perspectives on the Unconscious: Parallel Processes, Implicit Memory and Procedural learning
Mancia, M. (2006) Implicit memory and early unrepressed unconscious: Their role in the therapeutic process. Int. J. Psychoanal. 87: 83 - 103
Stern, D., et al (1998) Non-interpretive Mechanisms in Psychoanalytic Therapy. Int. J. Psychoanal. 79: 903-919
2. BCPSG (2007) The foundational level of psychodynamic meaning: Implicit processes in relation to conflict, defense and the dynamic unconscious. Int. J Psychoanal. 88, 843 – 861.
Tarek, G., (2002) Shattering the template: The effect of moments of meeting on enduring systems of pathological accommodation. Progress in Self Psychology, 18: 33 - 45
Schore, A. N., (2009) Relational Trauma and the developing right brain: An interface of psychoanalytic self psychology and neuroscience. Self and Systems Ann., NY Acad. Sci. 189 - 203
Fonagy, P. Target, M., Gergely, G., Allen, J.G, Bateman, A.W., (2003) The developmental roots of borderline personality disorder in early attachment relationships: A theory and some evidence. Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 23: 412 – 459
Fonagy, P. and Target, M., (2000) Playing with reality III: The persistence of dual psychic reality in borderline patients. IJP, 81: 853 – 873
Fonagy, P. and Target, M. (2007) Playing with Reality: IV. A theory of external reality rooted in intersubjectivity. Int. J. Psychoanal. 88, 917 – 938.
NEVILLE SYMINGTON (2006) A technique for facilitating the creation of mind IntJ Psychoanal 2006;87:315–20
Matte-Blanco’s Influence on Contemporary Psychoanalysis
Mancia, M. (2008) The early unrepressed unconscious in relation to Matte-Blanco's thought. International Forum of Psychoanalysis, 17: 201 – 212
Sanchez-Cardenas, M. (2011). Matte Blanco's thought and Epistemological Pluralism in Psychoanalysis. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 92(4):811-831.
Sanchez-Cardenas, M. (2016). Clinical Applications of Matte Blanco's Thinking. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 97(6):1547-1573.
Fellenor, J. (2011). The unpredictability of metaphor: Ignacio Matte-Blanco's bi-logic and the nature of metaphoric processes. Int. Forum Psychoanal., 20(3):138-147.
Flabbi, L. Pediconi, M.G. (2014). Unconscious and Game Theory. Int. J. Appl. Psychoanal. Stud., 11(4):339-359.
Ginzburg, A. (2010). Passion and Similarity: The Clinical Application of Matte Blanco's Ideas. Brit. J. Psychother., 26(3):335-342.
Lombardi, R. (2009). Symmetric Frenzy and Catastrophic Change: A Consideration of Primitive Mental States in the Wake of Bion and Matte Blanco. Int. J. Psycho-Anal.,
Lombardi, R. (2011). The Body, Feelings, and the Unheard Music of the Senses. Contemp. Psychoanal., 47(1):3-24.
Lombardi, R. (2016). Working at the Frontiers of Nothingness: Homicidal Transference, Fear of Death, and the Body. Psychoanal. Psychol., 33(1):89-105.
Birksted-Breen, D. (2019). Pathways of the unconscious: When the body is the receiver/instrument. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 100(6):1117-1133.
Lombardi, R. (2018). Entering One's Own Life as an Aim of Clinical Psychoanalysis. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 66(5):883-911.
Bergstein, A. (2013). Transcending the Caesura: Reverie, Dreaming and Counter-Dreaming. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 94(4):621-644.
Bolognini, S. (2016). The Interpsychic Dimension in the Psychoanalytic Interpretation. Psychoanal. Inq., 36(1):102-111.
O'Neill, S. (2015). The Countertransference Impact of Autistic Defence in an Otherwise Neurotic Patient. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 96(5):1283-1303.
Ogden, T. Lombardi, R. (2018). Infinity, The Conscious And Unconscious Mind: A Conversation Between Thomas Ogden and Riccardo Lombardi. Psychoanal Q., 87(4):757-766.
Rundel, M. (2015). The Fire of Eros: Sexuality and the Movement Toward Union. Psychoanal. Dial., 25(5):614-630.
Schermer, V.L. (2011). Interpreting Psychoanalytic Interpretation: A Fourfold Perspective. Psychoanal. Rev., 98(6):817-842.
Peter Shabad, PhD
March 19-21, 2021
Peter Shabad, PhD is Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Northwestern University Medical School. He is also on the Core Teaching and Supervising Faculty of the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis (CCP) and Faculty of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. Dr. Shabad is co-editor of The Problem of Loss and Mourning: Psychoanalytic Perspectives (IUP, 1989) and is the author of Despair and the Return of Hope: Echoes of Mourning in Psychotherapy (Aronson, 2001). Dr. Shabad is currently working on a new book entitled Seizing The Vital Moment: Trauma, Shame, and Mourning to be published by Routledge. He is the author of numerous papers and book chapters on diverse topics such as the psychological implications of death, loss and mourning, giving and receiving, shame, parental envy, resentment, spite, and regret. Dr. Shabad has a private practice in Chicago in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic therapy.
Seminar Title: Trauma, Shame, and Mourning
In this course we will explore how traumatic and chronically disillusioning experiences have profoundly inhibiting effects on the passion necessary to grow and change throughout life. We will devote special attention to how human beings transform their traumatic experiences outside of their control into shameful failures, in which they “blame the victim” in themselves for being a victim. After describing how the “intimate creation” of one’s unique constellation of symptoms is a means of both communicating and memorializing such traumatic experiences, we will examine how shame leads to character passivity and interrelated dynamics such as self-pity, resentment, entitlement, envy, perverse spite, and regret. In the clinical section of the course, we will explore how the patient’s passivity and ambivalence towards therapeutic change is closely intertwined with his/her chronic struggle between the freedom to desire and obeying a tyranny of shoulds. In this regard, we will also highlight important clinical tensions between developmental determinism and freedom of will, and corresponding countertransference tensions of love versus respect in the analyst’s attitude toward the patient. Finally, we will discuss how the mourning process of accepting and reintegrating one’s shamed desires paradoxically facilitates the generosity of relinquishing the necessity that those desires be fulfilled. In addition to analytic readings, we will also read Dostoevsky’s Notes from the Underground and Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilych.
Dostoevsky, F. (1864). Notes from the underground. In The Best Short Stories of Dostoevsky, (D. Magarshack, Trans). New York: Modern Library.
Freud, S. (1917). Mourning and melancholia. Standard Edition: 243-258.
Rank, O. (1936). Illness and healing chapter, in Will Therapy. New York: Knopf.
Shabad, P. (2001). Despair and the Return of Hope: Echoes of Mourning in
Psychotherapy. Northvale, N.J: Jason Aronson.
Shabad, P. (2007). Between determinism and self-blame: The freedom to choose
oneself. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 43(4), pp. 587-604.
Shabad, P. (2010). The suffering of passion. Metamorphoses and the embrace of the
stranger. Psychoanalytic Dialogues 20: 710-729.
Tolstoy, L. (1886). The death of Ivan Ilych. New York: Signet. 1960.
Winnicott, D.W. (1949). Mind and its relation to the psyche-soma. In Through
Paediatrics to Psychoanalysis. New York: Basic Books. 1975.
Marilyn Charles, PhD
May 14-16, 2020
Marilyn Charles, PhD, ABPP is a staff psychologist and psychoanalyst at the Austen Riggs Center. Training and Supervising Analyst at the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis; International Coordinator of the Psychoanalytic Track at the Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM); Co-Chair of the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society (APCS); and contributing editor of Psychoanalysis, Culture, and Society, she is actively engaged in mentoring, promoting community involvement and socially relevant research. Interests include creativity, psychosis, reflective function and the intergenerational transmission of trauma. Marilyn is an artist, a poet, and a writer, publishing over 100 articles and book chapters and five books, including Working with Trauma: Lessons from Bion and Lacan and Psychoanalysis and Literature; and five edited volumes, including: Introduction to Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Fragments of Trauma and the Social Production of Suffering (with Michael O’Loughlin), Women and Psychosis and Women and the Psychosocial Construction of Madness (with Marie Brown), and The Importance of Play in Early Childhood Education: (with Jill Bellinson). (161)
Seminar title: Aesthetic Sensibilities, Primary Process, and Metaphor
Psychoanalysis had its origins in Freud's encounters with his own and his patients' unconscious processes that manifested in the forms of slips, symptoms, and dreams. In his attempts to translate these more primary processes into verbal language, we were offered the term libido as the agent of motivation that marks a desire and intention based upon primary experience. Over time, this concept came to have a sexualized connotation that spoke to aspects of our more primary drives but, from my perspective, occluded others. Bion describes three vertices, or orientations, from which 'facts' might be perceived: The scientific, the religious, and the aesthetic. Some Bionian theorists have illuminated this aesthetic perspective, even going so far as to describe the aesthetic dimension of the mind. I would go further, however, proposing that what Freud termed libido, in being a function and manifestation of the unconscious, is primarily aesthetic in form. This aesthetic achieves meaning through patterned representations that break through conventional understanding to assert new, creative possibilities. In this seminar, I will invite an exploration of primary process as a way of knowing self, other, and experience through a lens informed by the aesthetic sensibilities referred to by Freud in his descriptions, in particular, of the dream work, and then by Matte-Blanco, in his descriptions of symmetrical logic. We will then use this lens to look at some ways in which psychoanalytic metaphors are informed by and refer directly to this aesthetic dimension of experience, the aesthetic sensibility that under-rides all human knowing and meaning-making. (253)
Bion, W. R. (1990). Brazilian Lectures, London & New York: Karnac.
Charles, M. (under review). The Haunting of Hill House: Psyche, Soma, and Destiny, Psychoanalysis, Culture, and Society.
Enckell, H. (2010). Reflection in psychoanalysis: On symbols and metaphors. International Journal of Psycho-Analysis 91:1093-1114.
Harris Williams, M. (2005). The three vertices: Science, art and religion. British Journal of Psychotherapy, 21(3):429-441.
Lacan, J. (1977). The Four Fundamentals of Psychoanalysis, A. Sheridan (Trans.)., New York: W.W. Norton.
Alan Bass, PhD
June 11-13, 2021
Alan Bass, Ph.D is a practicing analyst in New York City. He is a training analyst and faculty member at IPTAR and the Contemporary Freudian Society, and on the graduate philosophy faculty of the New School for Social Research. He is the author of three books (Difference and Disavowal: The Trauma of Eros; Interpretation and Difference: The Strangeness of Care; Fetishism, Psychoanalysis and Philosophy: The Iridescent Thing), many articles; the translator of four book by Jacques Derrida; and the editor of the journal The Undecidable Unconscious.
Seminar Title: Freud's Cases
The seminar will review Freud's cases in order to see how he developed the theory and technique of psychoanalysis. Basic topics such as transference, resistance, the structure of neurosis, dreams will be covered. There will also be discussion of the many problematic areas of the cases.
Selections from Studies on Hysteria; selections from The Interpretation of Dreams, Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria (Dora), Schreber, Rat Man, Wolf Man.