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Hedda Bolgar Series: Ordinary Uncanniness of Everyday Psychoanalytic Life: Back to the Future of Psychoanalysis & Inaugural Remarks (Anthony Bass, PhD)

  • 8 Sep 2023
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
  • Zoom
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Hedda Bolgar Series

Friday , September 8, 2023

Inaugural Address by President Alan J Levy, PhD

Anthony Bass, PhD

(New York, NY)

Ordinary Uncanniness of Everyday Psychoanalytic Life: Back to the Future of Psychoanalysis

7-9pm (CST): ZOOM Presentation & Discussion

About the presentation: In this talk, Tony Bass will consider the ways that bi-directional unconscious communication (the dialogue of unconsciouses that constitutes psychoanalytic work) is a central feature of our daily life with our patients and our therapists, and the root of the sense of the uncanniness of human relations that are integral to the sense of what it is like to be in an analytic relationship. The absence of such feelings may constitute an impasse, or obstacle, or sense of deadness in the transference/countertransference field. We will consider how therapist and patient can find their way back to life by making use of their imaginations, their curiosity and other forms of access to the life of the unconscious.

Anthony Bass, PhD,  is an associate professor and clinical consultant at the New York University Postdoctoral Program for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He is on the faculty of the Columbia University Medical Center department of Psychiatry, and their Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, where he is a training and supervising analyst. He was a founding editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues: the International Journal of Relational Perspectives, editor in chief for twelve years, now Editor Emeritus. He was a founder and is president of the Stephen Mitchell Relational Study Center, and a founding director of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He is in private practice for psychoanalysis, psychotherapy and supervisory consultation in New York City, and leads clinical workshops and study groups around the US, Europe and Israel.

Learning Objectives

1.  Participants will be able to describe the concept of the uncanny as Freud studied the phenomenon.

2.  Participants will understand the origin of the ‘dialogue of unconsciouses’ that constitute psychoanalytic work, as first described by Sandor Ferenczi.

This is an All  Level Presentation.


CCP members: free with annual $195 membership, payable at registration.

Students:free with annual $175 membership, payable at registration.

Fellows: free with annual $175 membership, payable at registration.

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 2.0 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/they should contact Toula Kourliouros Kalven by September 7, 2023 attkalven@ccpsa.org

References/Suggested Readings

Bass, A.  Bass, A. (2015) The Dialogue of Unconsciouses, Mutual Analysis and the Uses of the Self in Contemporary Relational Psychoanalysis. Psychoanalytic Dialogues 25:2-17

Bass, A. (2001). It Takes One to Know One; or, Whose Unconscious Is It Anyway?. Psychoanal. Dial., 11:683-702

Bass, A. (1995). Dream Analysis as a Relational Event: Commentary on Blechner's “The Patient's... Psychoanal. Dial., 5:27-44.

Blechner, M.J. (1995). The Patient's Dreams and the Countertransference. Psychoanal. Dial., 5:1-25.

Bromberg, P. M. (2013) Hidden in Plain Sight: Thoughts on Imagination and the Lived Unconscious. Psychoanalytic Dialogues 23:1-14

de Peyer, J. (2016) Uncanny Communication and the Porous Mind. Psychoanalytic Dialogues 26:156-174

Dupont, J. (1988), The Clinical Diary of Sandor Ferenczi. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Freud, S. (1919). The ‘Uncanny’. The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume XVII (1917-1919): An Infantile Neurosis and Other Works, 217-256

Presented by

The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis/CCP Program Committee: Claude Barbre, PhD, Carol Ganzer, PhD, Toula Kourliouros Kalven,  Alan Levy, PhD

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