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Fridays @ CCP: Narcissistic States of White Privilege and the Constructive Role of Shame (Stephen Anen, PhD)

  • 9 Apr 2021
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
  • Zoom
  • 58


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Fridays@CCP April 9, 2021 

Stephen Anen, PhD
(New Orleans, LA)

Narcissistic States of White Privilege and the Constructive Role of Shame

6-9pm (CST): ZOOM Presentation and discussion


About the presentation:  By capturing how alterations and limitations in awareness create a sense of narcissistic wholeness, a psychoanalytic conceptualization of privilege can be constructed. Paradoxically, these states of being render the individual incomplete, unaware of certain dissociated aspects of identity. Experiences of white privilege in America involve this self-conserving, yet narcissistically fragile system of reflection. To challenge and repair the limitations that occur within white privileged subjectivity (“going on privileged”), shame represents a radioactive affect that can both interfere with and facilitate its recognition. Drawing upon the works of Watkins (2018), Jacobs (2016), Grand (2018) and Harris (2020), this presentation aims to consider how checking privilege is a process that can be supported through harnessing the constructive and creative elements of shame.


Stephen Anen, PhD is an independent practitioner in New Orleans. His doctoral training in clinical psychology occurred at the Graduate Center-City University of New York. He is Adjunct Clinical Faculty  at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and the Outreach Chair at the New Orleans-Birmingham Psychoanalytic Center (NOBPC). Dr. Anen also serves as the Program Chair of the Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology (SPPP; Division 39) of the American Psychological Association.


Dorothy Evans Holmes, PhD is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas and IPTAR, Professor and PsyD Program Director m Emerita, George Washington University, and member of Black Psychoanalysts Speak.  Her psychoanalytic scholarship on race and gender has been highly acclaimed and recognized in numerous career honors including two APA Division 39 awards – a career achievement award for the study of diversity, and an award for psychoanalytic understanding of women.  Currently, she is interrogating and theorizing “whiteness”.  Recent publications include: (2019).  Our country ‘tis of we and them: psychoanalytic perspectives on our fractured American identity. American Imago. 76:359-379, and (2020). Feminism revisited: A rejoinder to Arlene Kramer Richards’ examination of the impact of feminism on psychoanalysis.  International Journal of Controversial Discussions. 3:91-96. 

Kirkland C. Vaughans, PhD is a clinical psychologist and a psychoanalyst with a private practice in New York City. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and co-editor  of the Psychology of Black Boys and Adolescents. Dr. Vaughans is a Senior Adjunct Professor at the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University and Director of the Postgraduate Program in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy; a clinical supervisor at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies, and visiting faculty at the Institute form Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR).

Learning objectives:

  1. Describe how privileged subjectivity involves alteration in subjective and objective awareness.
  2. Analyze how narcissistic dynamics affect white racial identity
  3. Summarize how shame can play a role in integrating dissociated states of consciousness.

This is an intermediate  level presentation


OPEN FREE to all.  CEUs  only to CCP members. CEUs for Non-CCP members, single admission: $50

Continuing Education

This program is sponsored for Continuing Education Credits by the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis. There is no commercial support for this program, nor are there any relationships between the continuing education sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants or other funding that could be construed as conflicts of interest. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If the program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CCP is licensed by the state of Illinois to sponsor continuing education credits for Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Counselors and Licensed Clinical Psychologists (license no. 159.000941 and 268.000020 and 168.000238 Illinois Dept. of Financial and Professional Regulation).

Professionals holding the aforementioned credentials will receive 3.0 continuing education credits for attending the entire program. To receive these credits a completed evaluation form must be turned in at the end of the presentation and licensed psychologists must first complete a brief exam on the subject matter. No continuing education credit will be given for attending part of the presentation. Refunds for CE credit after the program begins will not be honored. If a participant has special needs or concerns about the program, s/he should contact Toula Kourliouros Kalven by April 8, 2021 at tkalven@ccpsa.org

References/Suggested Reading

Anen, S. J.  (2020).  Narcissistic states of Privilege.  Psychoanalytic Psychology, 37, 249-256. Holmes, D. E.  (2019).  Our country ‘tis of We and Them: Psychoanalytic perspectives on our fractured American identity.  American Imago, 76, 359-379.Watkins, M.  (2018).  The social and political life of shame: The U.S. 2016 Presidential Election.  Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 15, 25-37.

Presented by

The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis/CCP Program Committee: Carol Ganzer, PhD, Toula Kourliouros Kalven,  Adina Bayuk Keesom, PsyD

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