Archive for November, 2007

Compassion Fatigue

Friday, November 30th, 2007

All of us doing psychoanalytic work, whether  psychoanalytic psychotherapy or psychoanalysis, are familiar with the problems and values that our countertransference engenders. A new slant on this phenomenon is a paradigm called “compasion fatigue”. Joel Kanter critiques this new construct lucidly in an article that can be found on the Clare Winnicott: Life and Work web site. To read “Compassion Fatigue and Secondary Traumatization: A Second Look” click here and then select Clinical Applications. I recommend this article and others that can be found on this site.

Discussion Group 74: Contemporary Models of Psychoanalytic Group Dynamics Interventions: Theory and Process

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Discussion Group 74: Contemporary Models of Psychoanalytic Group Dynamics Interventions: Theory and Process  Thursday, January 17, 4:45 p.m. – 7 p.m.

At the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York, NY

Click here: for more information on the APsaA Winter Meeting  

Chair: Christine C. Kieffer, Ph.D., ABPP (Chicago, IL)

Co-Chair: Irene Harwood, Psy.D., Ph.D., M.S.W. (Los Angeles, CA) 

Presenter: Daniel B. Frank, Ph.D. (Chicago, IL)

Discussant: Stephen Kerzner, M.D. (Duxbury, MA)

For this meeting, our discussion group will be devoted to examining organizational issues that affect group life in schools. School climate and group-as-a-whole system dynamics have an unconscious impact on individual experience in school settings, and this program will examine methods of intervention at the large group level that can support dyadic treatment with children and adolescents. Moreover, individual and dyadic experiences affect the large group atmosphere. Case material from child and adolescent analyses will be presented, with an emphasis on how studying school system dynamics can help us to understand the development and maintenance of individual distress. Methods of group level intervention also will be presented. 

Discussion leaders also will draw parallels among these phenomena and the kinds of organizational issues that face APsaA, elucidating underlying group dynamics that are parallel to both kinds of systems. After attending the session, participants will be able to identify two aspects of school climate or large group construction, which promote group norms that lead to increased levels of relational aggression.

Leon Levin on Truffaut’s “The Man Who Loved Women”

Monday, November 26th, 2007

Click Here to Read:  Leon Levin’s Essay on Francois Truffaut’s film:  “The Man Who Loved Women.”

“Writing an Undergraduate Textbook: An Analyst’s Strange Journey” by James Hansell

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

Click Here to Read: “Writing an Undergraduate Textbook: An Analyst’s Strange Journey” by James Hansell.   Previously published in the Free Associations, Journal of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute and Society and in Psychologist-Psychoanalyst, the newsletter of Divison 39 of the American Psychological Association.

IPA Berlin Conference: Martin Teising

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

Click Here to Read: Introduction to the city of Kassel and the Kassel Psychoanalytic Institute at a Reception for the visitor group of the IPA Congress visiting art exhibit Documenta on July 22nd 2007 by Martin Teising. 

COWAP New York: Elsa First

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

Click Here to Read: Elsa First’s  Response to presentation by Dr. Ravinder Barn “Inter-Racial Parenting : Negotiating Difference and Belonging” given at  COWAP Conference  on Identity Formation in Bi-Racial Families including  Cross-Racial Adoption. Oct 27th 2007,  New York Psychoanalytic, NY NY.  (This is the text of the spoken talk . A FULLER VERSION IS IN PREPARATION FOR PUBLICATION.)

The State of Threat and Psychoanalysis: From the Uncanny that Structures to the Uncanny that Alienates by Janine Puget

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

Click Here to Read: ‘The State of Threat and Psychoanalysis: From the Uncanny that Structures to the Uncanny that Alienates” by Janine Puget from the website Free Associations.  Originally published in French in a collection with the title Violence d’etat et psychanalyse. Paris: Bordas, 1989. This essay is chapter one of the collection. This translation copyright Trista Selous 1990.  Address for correspondence: Publisher in Great Britain: Process Press Ltd. under the title. Terror and Psychoanalysis in Argentina. Edited by Janine Puget and René Kaës, who hold the copyright to the collection and introduction.

Psychoanalysis Today: Implications for Organizational Applications By Kenneth Eisold

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

Click Here to Read: Psychoanalysis Today: Implications for Organizational Applications By Kenneth Eisold, a paper for the ISPSO International Symposium: July 7-9, 1995, London. Previously published in Free Associations: Psychoanalysis and the Public Sphere. 

Interview with Charles Brenner by Edward Nersessian

Saturday, November 24th, 2007


 Click Here to Read: An Interview with Charles Brenner by Edward Nersessian on June 30 1985.

Click Here to Read: More about Charles Brenner and his important work, Beyond the Ego and The Id,  Revisited.   International Universities Press, Inc. and the Journal of Clinical Psychoanalysis, in collaboration with FreudNet, the web site of the A.A. Brill Library of The New York Psychoanalytic Institute, are pleased to announce the latest installment of a debate first sparked by the online presentation of Dr. Charles Brenner’s article, “The Mind As Conflict And Compromise Formation” (originally published in the Journal, volume 3 number 4).

Harnessing Thanatos

Monday, November 19th, 2007

We are pleased to publish Alice Maher’s op ed piece – especially on the eve of our Future of Psychoanalytic Education conference on Dec. 1 & 2 – an ecumenical conference that is bound to influence us all.

Alice says: “The ability to tolerate time, tension, paradox, and ambiguity, to develop greater capacity for empathic imagination, and to be able to learn and change in relationship to an Other, are essential elements of a good analytic process. They need to become goals for our society as well.

This is exactly what this first ecumenical conference aims to accomplish.


Harnessing Thanatos : Is it possible to analyze the forces of war in a way that leads to real change? by Alice Lombardo Maher, M.D .

I find that I’m unable to address the topic of conflict among analysts without focusing on the larger phenomena of prejudice and war. If it’s true that there’s more dissention within the analytic community than outside it, it’s because we’ve yet to find ways to address group conflicts on a scale larger than our individual consulting rooms, so the same dynamics that lead to war are emerging in bold relief from within our own community. If we can discover ways to use analytic tools to address the problem of large-scale inter-group conflict, we have an opportunity to unify our paradigms and give society an invaluable gift. If not, the problem will continue to play itself out in our own society, and our “Tower of Babel” will eventually collapse.

Freud taught us that the need to disavow aspects of our selves can lead to symptoms, problematic relationships, and self-destructive acting out, but the opportunity to give voice to those forbidden thoughts, over a long period of time and struggle, can be healing. But his model of thanatos gave us no useful tools, and a feeling of impotence, in relation to social forces. Individual analyses tend not to deal with prejudice except as it arises as part of a dynamic construct in the treatment. But can a democratic analyst analyze a patient to become a better republican? Can a Kleinian analyst give birth to a Freudian or a Relationist? (more…)

A Family Romance Fantasy in “Pan’s Labyrinth”: Magical Wombs pt. IV

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

In recent issues of International Psychoanalysis, I wrote about films, Field of Dreams and Contact, which strongly suggest a fantasy of returning to the womb to meet a father long gone and a mother who died too early to be known. Last month, I wrote about Crouching Tiger/Hidden Dragon and The Hours which suggest a fantasy in which death offers a reunion with a loving mother and a return to a time of blissful memory. In The Hours, suicide by drowning may be linked with a return to the quiet of the womb. In Pan’s Labyrinth, we have all of these fantasies wrapped up in a family romance.

Rarely, a film maker gives us a gift of a ready made demonstration of a well known psychoanalytic concept. We have recently been given such a gift by the Mexican director, Guillelmo del Toro, whose film, Pan’s Labyrinth, provides us with a complete family romance fantasy. (more…)

Arlene Kramer Richards and Lucile Spira’s “On Being Lonely, Socially Isolated and Single: A Multi-Perspective Approach”

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

Click Here to Read:  Arlene Kramer Richards and Lucile Spira’s “On Being Lonely, Socially Isolated and Single: A Multi-Perspective Approach” 

Jacob Arlow on Michelangelo Antonioni’s “Blowup”

Saturday, November 17th, 2007


Click Here to Read: Jacob Arlow’s Review of Michelangelo Antonioni’s Film “Blowup.” 

Click Here: for Jacob Arlow’s Papers.

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Conference on December 1st: Neuropsychoanalysis: How Neuroscience is Validating our Theories

Monday, November 12th, 2007

Click Here to read  about:  “Neuropsychoanalysis: How Neuroscience is Validating our Theories” a conference on December 1st from 9 am to 12:30 pm,  in Westport, CT.    Sponsored by the Connecticut Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology and the Psychoanalytic Association of Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.

COWAP New York Conference: Rosalba Bueno-Osawa

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

Click Here to Read:  Rosalba Bueno-Osawa’s Contribution to the COWAP New York Conference, “Who is My Mother? Who is My Father? Who am I” on October 27th, 2007. 

IFPE Congress: Gerald J. Gargiulo

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

Click Here to Read: Gerald J. Gargiulo’s Contribution “Ontology and Metaphor: Reflections on the Unconscious, and the ‘I’ in the Therapeutic Setting.” This paper was the basis for his IFPE talk and previous appeared in Psychoanalytic Psychology,  Vol. 23. #3, (2006) pp. 461-474 .   

AIP Meetings

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

The American Institute for Psychoanalysis of the Karen Horney Psychoanalytic Center


Date: Thursday, January 17, 2008 8:00 PM
Topic: Psychoanalysis, Illusion, and our Humanistic Tradition?
Presenter: Benjamin Kilborne, PhD

Date: Thursday, March 13, 2008 8:00 PM
Topic: Suggestion Here, Suggestion There, Suggestion Everywhere
Presenter: Kenneth Winarick, PhD

Date: Thursday, May 1, 2008 8:00 PM
Topic: The Identity of Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalysts
Presenters: Arnold Richards, MD and Arthur Lynch, DSW

A reception follows each meeting. All are welcome.


Date: March 15, 2008, 12:00 to 2:00
Topic: Creating the Therapeutic Frame

Date: May 17, 2008, 12:00 to 2:00
Topic: How to Begin a Private Practice

All meetings and open houses will be at the Karen Horney Clinic
329 East 62nd St., New York, N.Y. 10021

New Service:  The American Institute for Psychoanalysis Referral Service.  This low-cost service provides psychotherapy and psychoanalysis at a Cost Everyone Can Afford.
Call: (212) 888-5667

2005 IFPE Presidential Address: Judith E. Vida

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

Click Here to Read: Judith E. Vida’s Contribution, “Using Everything: Translation as a Way of Life” a Presidential Address intended for International Federation for Psychoanalytic Education Sixteenth Annual Interdisciplinary Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, October 21-23, 2005 Delivered at “Revived in Querétaro (After Wilma)” Some Papers Rescheduled from Ft. Lauderdale, Querétaro, México, February 20-22, 2006.

2006 IPFE Presidential Address: Judith E. Vida

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

Click Here to Read: Judith E. Vida’s Contribution: “The City of Orators: Listening is the most dangerous thing of all. Presidential Address International Federation for Psychoanalytic Education Seventeenth Annual Interdisciplinary Conference
Pasadena, California November 3, 2006.

French Chinese Movie

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

I just saw a preview of the Chinese/French movie “Summer Palace”. During the discussion following the showing there were passionate reactions to the film–split 50/50 for and against. I thought it was a very brave film that depicted the journey of a young, depressed teen-aged woman from her home town to Beijing University, before and after the 1989 uprising. A hand held camera, took me, and those who agreed with my experience, inside the mind and bodies of the protagonist and her lovers. The pain and passion were palpable and with the camera lingering as it did, one could not escape the emotions that bubbled up. I won’t say more, other than it gave me a deep look into the student, dormitory life at Beijing U. and everyday existence that I missed when I was in China last May for a Wu Tai Chi gathering for practitioners from around the world.

Reactions from the Cannes film festival were also split but somewhat tilted to the negative side. I have a feeling that analysts will load up on the side of intense engagement with the film. Click here to read a review that captures the essence of the film.

Myron S. Lazar, Ph.D.