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Projective Identification, Enactment, Reverie And Interpretation (Joseph Newirth, PhD)

  • 6 Feb 2021
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  • 7 Feb 2021
  • (CST)
  • 2 sessions
  • 6 Feb 2021, 9:00 AM 4:30 PM (CST)
  • 7 Feb 2021, 9:00 AM 1:00 PM (CST)
  • via Zoom


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Joseph Newirth, PhD

February 6-7, 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

Seminar Description

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

Selected Readings

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

choanal., 76:695-710.

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.

On Dreaming

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.

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