Workshops and Seminars
The Dark Side of CreativityJune & July 2017 Upcoming course: The Dark Side of Creativity
Past Workshops and Seminars
The following workshops and seminars are closed, but will be offered in the future. Please inquire by email (at DrKavalerAdler@gmail.com) or by phone (at 212-674-5425):
- Therapist-Analyst as Clinical Instrument: Processing Clinician's Internal Experience - Course is closed at present. Please inquire about private consultation on this topic and/or become a member of the Monthly or Weekly Group Supervision and Mentoring.
- Study Seminar on Projective Identification (10-week course) - please inquire about the next course!
- Working with Resistances in Psychotherapy - New Study & Experiential Group will be forming in Fall of 2012.
- D. W. Winnicott's Writings & Theories and Klein-Winnicott Dialectic - 7-week study group (will be formed again by popular demand).
- Self Sabotage: The Ghost of Unconscious Loyalties. Focus: Self Sabotage, Fear of Success, and Fear of Envy - past group, but a new one can be formed, as per inquiry.
- Envy - Full-day workshops - Offered every year through the Object Relations Institute's workshop series (www.ORINYC.org)
Interactive Workshop: Fear of Success: My Graduation is my Mother’s Funeral
SUSAN KAVALER-ADLER, Ph.D., ABPP, D.Litt., NCPsyA
October 15, 2016; 10 am - 4 pm (with a break for lunch)
115 East 9th Street, (@ 3rd Ave), 12P, NYC 10003, or attend VIRTUALLY (with minimal technical requirements)
NB: All Virtual participants will receive the link to the meeting prior to the workshop. All registered participants will receive 2006 article by Dr. Kavaler-Adler, “My graduation is my mother’s funeral: Transformation from the paranoid-schizoid position to the depressive position in fear of success, and the role of the internal saboteur” (International Forum of Psychoanalysis, 15, 117-130).
In this workshop the psychodynamics of the Fear of Success will be presented, on both oedipal and pre-oedipal levels. There will be a particular focus on an object relations understanding of the pre-Oedipal terrors and conflicts underlying the multitude of inhibitions and self sabotage that relate to the fear of success. The terror of abandonment and self-annihilation will be discussed, as opposed to the fears of retaliatory aggression from an oedipal stage parental object, which is feared as a powerful competitor. Winnicott’s “unthinkable anxieties,” Masterson’s “abandonment depression,” and Kavaler-Adler’s “demon lover complex” will be discussed, as the signifiers of an arrest in the separation-individuation, self-integration, and developmental mourning process. Case examples will be offered.
In the afternoon, an experiential group will be formed. Each participant in the workshop will be asked to participate in a guided meditative visualization led by Dr. Kavaler-Adler. The meditative visualization experience, which is used by Dr. Kavaler-Adler for the last 20 years, provides for a dialogue between the participants and their internal others. Group members are then invited to share their experience with the group. The interpersonal group then evolves in the “potential space” of the group, as group members empathize with, and resonate with, the others in the group as they speak.
For more information, BIO of the presenter, and the learning goals, Visit http://orinyc.org/Fear-of-Success-Oct2016.html
Current Concepts in Object Relations Theory on Psychic Change and Clinical Process
– a new certificate program @ ORI - with Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler - offered for in-person and virtual participation
This program consists of three 10-week trimesters, which can be taken as separate certificate courses, each earning 12hrs of continuing education/ post-graduate credits. (SW CEUs - pending)
In-person (115 East 9th Street- @ 3rd Ave, 12P, NY, NY, 10003) or Virtual (audio/video - with minimal technical requirements)
$450/ 10 week course (can be paid in 2 installments)
2014-2015 Academic Year:
- 1st trimester: Current Clinical Object Relations Concepts: Object survival; Developmental mirroring; Pathological narcissistic mirroring; Mirroring vulnerability, Addiction to “bad objects”; Malignant vs. benign regression; Mourning; Developmental mourning; and Transitional and potential space and transitional objects. October 7, 2014 - December 9, 2014 (Tuesdays, 9 am - 10:10 am) - completed
- 2nd trimester: Current Clinical Object Relations Concepts: Transitional time phenomena; Holding environment; Holding environment and the treatment of the narcissistic character; Psychoanalytic container and the analyst as psychic processing container; Hate in the countertransference; Attacks on linking; Envy and ‘oral’ envy; Envy and current theorists; Oral envy in the narcissist; and True and false self. January 13, 2015 - March 17, 2015 (Tuesdays, 9 am - 10:10 am) -completed
- 3rd trimester: Current Clinical Object Relations Concepts: The Object Relations View on Creative Process and Developmental Process. The main question explored in this trimester: How does the creative process and life process reflect one's developmental traumas and conflicts? March 24 - June 9, 2015 (Tuesdays, 9 am - 10:10 am); NB: no class on 4/14 and 4/21.
2013-2014 Academic Year:
- 1st trimester: Reading Anatomy of Regret and Understanding Developmental Mourning, Symbolization, and Psychic Change (10/1/13-12/10/13) - completed
- 2nd trimester: Klein-Winnicott Dialectic (1/7/14-3/11/14) -completed
- 3rd trimester: Reading Donald L. Carveth and Frank Summers: Conscience and Subjectivity (3/25/14-6/05/14) -completed
Current Concepts in Object Relations Theory on Psychic Change and Clinical Process
A new certificate program @ ORI–with Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler–offered for in-person and virtual participationTuesdays (9am-10am)
October 1, 2013–December 19, 2013: The Anatomy of Regret– first-trimester
1/07/14–3/18/14: The Klein-Winnicott Dialectic–second trimester
3/25/14–6/05/14: Reading Betty Joseph, M. Gerard Fromm, and Frank Summers–third-trimester
In-person (115 East 9th Street- @ 3rd Ave, 12P, NY, NY, 10003) or Virtual (audio/video - with minimal technical requirements)
Current Concepts in Object Relations Theory on Psychic Change and Clinical Process–offered for in-person and virtual participation
Dialectics of Mortality and Immortality: Time as an Internal World Phenomena, with Persecutory and Holding Object PerspectivesNovember 29, 2012, Thursday, 8:30-10:30pm
THE WASHINGTON SQUARE INSTITUTE FOR PSYCHOTHERAPY AND PSYCHOANALYSIS
Scientific Monthly Lecture Series
WSI, 41 East 11th Street, NY, NY, 10003
A former conference discussant for this paper on "Time as an Object," Dr. Jeffrey Rubin, well known author of books on Zen Buddhism and psychoanalysis has stated:
Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler's paper is a stimulating mediation on time, play and the potential revitalization of psychoanalysis. Any of one of those topics would have been enough of a gift to us. Susan gives us all three. Susan is playing with expanding Winnicott's seminal – and unceasingly generative – notion of transitional or potential space. Potential space for Winnicott and Winnicottian-inspired analysts like Ogden is an atmosphere, an attitude, a spirit of openness and playfulness, rather than a physical location. People, experiences, life – all take on an added richness and aliveness. Susan is enlarging potential space and extending it into the zone of time; temporizing potential space, elucidating what we might call potential time.
Susan distinguishes between two different kinds of relation to time:
- When we are obsessed or preoccupied and feel impinged on, trapped and imprisoned and persecuted by time; and
- Time as a matrix in which the moment of experiencing opens up and we are connected to ourselves; allow ourselves to feel – especially intense and unresolved emotions – and are thus less bounded and more related and alive.
Susan's lovely paper has many virtues. It illuminates an important and neglected topic – the role of time in object relations theory, the therapeutic relationship, and clinical process.
Some of the topics that will be discussed within the broader topic are the following. Each will be illustrated with clinical case vignettes, and with dialectic, back and forth, between the "eternal now" clinical moment and the Argentine tango moment. While integrating theories of Freud, Klein, Winnicott, Bion, and Kavaler-Adler, the subtopics within the paper are:
- Time as persecutory versus time as holding: patients' negotiation of time or using time as resistance.
- Hate as blocking the flow of time or hate processed into symbolic meaning levels, so that it can be negotiated within the flow of time.
- June and the tissue mask on the couch: a transitional object phenomenon that transforms time as well as space.
- The female follower closing her eyes in Argentine tango.
- Defensive illusions versus developmentally enhancing illusions related to dealing with time.
- Projective identification and time.
- The analyst's breathing.
- From Dueling to Dancing, From Polarization to Dialectic
- The full organic cycle of mourning, and of "developmental mourning."
- Conclusion on the subject of time as an object.
For more information, please contact PostGrad Psychoanalytic or write to Dr. Kavaler-Adler at email@example.com / call 212-674-5425.
2012 NAAP Annual Conference: Generosity and Greed: Shaping Self and SocietyOctober 27, 2012 (Saturday), 3:40pm—5:10pm
Workshop IIB: Authentic Generosity vs. Generosity as a Mask for Repressed and Dissociated Envy, Hunger, and Resentment: Object Relations Theory and Experiential Workshop
Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NPsyA, D.Litt Scholastic Building, 557 Broadway (betw. Prince & Spring); Livingroom1, 2nd Fl.
This workshop will begin with a theoretical and clinical discussion of the contrasting dynamics of generosity and gratitude versus repressed and dissociated envy, which obviates sincere regret and authentic mourning. Dr. Kavaler-Adler will interweave themes of Melanie Klein's envy versus generous gratitude and D. W. Winnicott's views of the false and true selves as affecting the nature of a pseudo generous gesture, which often takes on the outer demeanor of a "grand gesture."
Through the experiential part of the workshop, in which Dr. Kavaler-Adler will lead the group members in a guided psychic visualization, each person will be able to confront those who emerged from their internal worlds and then, to engage in dialogues about the experience of the other's generosity versus the experience of the other's "grand gesture" of supposed generosity. The concept of supposed generosity will be seen as a reflection of a hidden agenda of unconscious or dissociated greed and envy, and grandiose claims of entitled payback. Dr. Kavaler-Adler will use the stereotypical Mafia characteristic of an "offer one can't refuse" to speak about the hidden agenda of payback that could suck the other dry with entitled and insatiable demands for those things envied and greedily hungered for in the other.
Sharing of the experience, discussions, and role-plays will be encouraged.
More information is available at www.NAAP.org
The Dark Side of CreativitySunday, June 3rd, 2012; 12-3pm
248 West 71st Street (between Broadway and West End Avenue), NYC, 10023
The New York State Society for Clinical Social Work
Committee for Creativity & Transformation in Clinical Practice
Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NPsyA, D.Litt.
This presentation will focus on how psychopathology, when related to developmental arrest and character disorder, can trump the healthy and developmentally enhancing aspects of the creative process. It will focus on brilliant and talented tragic women who tried to live in the creative process when their lives in the world broke down due to early developmental arrest. It will illustrate how those who fail in external relationships, but who possess brilliant artistic and literary abilities, can become captives of internal world enactments, that repeat critical preoedipal trauma in their creative work, perpetually, unless critical psychological treatment (with an object relations focus) intercedes.
Such women will also be contrasted with brilliant women artists and writers who were not psychologically devastated by preoedipal trauma, and who advance to the oedipal stage in early development, allowing them to work out a lot of conflicts related to oedipal loss and disappointment within their creative work. The latter women will be seen to be capable of a progressive developmental mourning process in their creative work that moves them forward in life towards fully mutual interpersonal relationships. Those, on the other hand, who are stymied by developmental arrest, will be seen to become involved in addictive and demonic relationships, described in object relations terms as the "demon lover complex," and the consequence (without effective treatment) is either withdrawal from the world (the schizoid dimension), suicide, psychosis, or disease, with devastations in their lives overcoming healthy self-expression in the creative process. In fact those with developmental arrest, who try to live in the creative process, prove to be incapable of mourning within their creative work, resulting in tragic deterioration and unresolved loss in their life and creative work.
Contributions of Ronald Fairbairn to the Object Relations Theory
March 15May 24, 2012 from 8:15pm9:30pm
Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NPsyA, DLitt
115 East 9th Street, NYC, 10003
Perhaps Freud could be considered the first object relations theorist, when in 1917, in "Mourning and Melancholia," he exclaimed that "the shadow of the object fell upon the ego," but it was Ronald Fairbairn who explicitly built a theory of object relations thinking from the premise that the basic and core human striving is towards "connection," and thus towards reality through connection, as opposed to holding on to any theory of primary narcissism.
Fairbairn was the first to envision what all modern infant research has validated, that the craving for the primal other dominates each human being's life, often causing profound dissociative splitting, and sealing-off of the potential self, when this primal connection is traumatically disrupted, resulting in an internal drama where the vacuum-cleaner-sucking feeling of early need is experienced as the evisceration, robbing, entrapping, exploiting, or draining of the self. And wasn't it Fairbairn who spoke of the "poison pudding"-parent who must be swallowed whole when there is no other psychic food that could be good enough to eat and digest?
Wasn't it also Fairbairn who spoke of "the moral defense" that compelled deprived, abandoned, abused, and generally traumatized children to always blame themselves, to psychically survive in a world with the parents they were forced to totally depend on? An idealized image of the parent is preserved then, at the price of the emaciation of the soul, because psychic annihilation would have been the alternative. Child is forced in making a choice, as he/she decides that "it is better to be a sinner in a world ruled by God than to live in a world ruled by the Devil" (Fairbairn, 1952, p.p. 66-67).
This ten-week course will touch on all this seminal theory along with Fairbairn's clinical contributions related to visceral body enactments in hysteria, and the somatic body enactments that go further into playing out their monotone primal dramas in the internal world as internal object repetitions.
For more information, please contact ORI Administrator at 646-522-0387 or admin@ORINYC.org
Object Relations Psychoanalytic Perspectives of Self-sabotage:
March 11th, 2012 (Sunday), 10am -4:30 PM
Loyalty to the internal parental objects
This experiential workshop is a follow-up event for the ORI annual conference, which is designed to help participants to understand the underpinnings of self-sabotage, fear of envy, and fear of success in both their patients and in themselves, by helping them to understand the unconscious loyalties to intrapsychic primal parental figures who bind them to patterns of self-sabotage.
Mini-lecture and discussion of this topic will be conducted in the morning. In afternoon, participants of this workshop will have a unique opportunity to look into their internal world experiences during the psychic guided visualization. Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences and develop a group bond to aid each other in working with their fears and conflicts.
For more information, please contact ORI Administrator at 646-522-0387 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dialectics of Mortality and Immortality: Time as a persecutory vs. a holding objectMarch 16, 2012, Friday Evening Presentation, 8-10pm
POSTGRADUATE PSYCHOANALYTIC SOCIETY
Baruch College Library, 151 East 25th Street (between Lexington and 3rd Ave); Room #320A
Barriers to Success: Object Relations Psychoanalytic Perspective
In this workshop, Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler will address the core conflicts and fears that serve as self-sabotaging barriers to success in all areas of achievement, creativity, and love. In the morning part of the workshop, Dr. Kavaler-Adler will discuss the theoretical and clinical issues related to dealing with barriers to success. In the afternoon she will use an "in vivo" role-play, to demonstrate the clinical approach to such issues, where a volunteer workshop participant will play a patient, and Dr. Kavaler-Adler will play the analyst.
In life, we all aspire to both conscious and unconscious goals, but often there are psychological barriers that we may cling to and be haunted by, which block our aspirations. Projected envy and terrors of the actual envy of others can block motivations to succeed, when dissociated and/or repressed primal rage intensify the intimidating power of projected hostility and envy, and of perceptions of others as rivalries in areas of competition. Desire can be blocked by oedipal level fears of rivalry and hostile completion, but more primitive and primal fears of abandonment can also be at play, when developmental arrests have taken place in the preoedipal years of separation-individuation and self-integration.
How we address these psychological blocks in a clinical situation is critical to helping patients in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, to overcome all their inhibitions and intimidations, as they attempt to motivate themselves to succeed in life. Knowledge of the British and American object relations theories can be critical to help our patients free themselves up from unconscious conflicts that inhibit them, and from dissociated parts of them that are continually enacting self-sabotaging operations in their internal worlds, so that their external world progress is barred and blocked. Dr. Kavaler-Adler will discuss Melanie Klein's theories of unconscious envy and primitive rage related to blocks in love and creativity; Ronald Fairbairn's "internal saboteur" operations, in which unconscious loyalties to primal bad objects sabotage all progress in life; D. W. Winnicott's "hate in the countertransference" that highlights the provoked hostilities, which cause retaliations in public and private relations that can only be overcome by the psychotherapist's "object survival;" and Wilfred Bion's "attacks on linking," in which one part of the mind attacks the other, as it disrupts all connections that could result in manifested motivations. She will also address issues related to pathological mourning shown in so many cases in her own writings on object relations theory, and specifically on "fears of success."
For further understanding of all these issues, those interested can read Dr. Kavaler-Adler's National Gradiva Award (from NAAP 2004) winning book, Mourning, Spirituality, and Psychic Change: A new Object Relations View of Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2003), where detailed cases are presented. Also, Dr. Kavaler-Adler's 2006 article on fears of success, entitled, "My Graduation is my Mother's Funeral," can be read in the International Forum of Psychoanalysis. (This article will be provided for all workshop participants.) Dr. Kavaler-Adler's other books and articles also address issues of success in life through the progress of "developmental mourning" versus barriers to success in arrested and pathological mourning, as seen in "the demon lover complex."
Self-Sabotage as Loyalty to Internal Parental Objects: Theoretical and Clinical IntegrationsSelf-Sabotage as Loyalty to Internal Parental Objects: Theoretical and Clinical Integrations
The Clinical Moment as a Hologram of Patient's Internal and External WorldWednesdays (Nov 30 – Dec 21, 2011 & Jan 11 – Feb 1, 2012), 7:45- 9:00 pm
115 East 9th Street (@3rd Ave.), Suite 12P, NYC, 10003
Individual supervision (case-by-case or on-going)- is available via video- and audio- conferencing.
Dr. Kavaler-Adler is a skilled clinician, Training Analyst and Senior Supervisor, as well as a seminal theoretician and writer. Her well known three books and over 60 journal articles and edited book chapters are known in the US and internationally, as they are related to both theory and clinical work. She has integrated many aspects of British and American object relations theory in her own theory of "developmental mourning" as a critical psychic change process.
Dr. Kavaler-Adler has also written a great deal on the creative process as well. With a background in dance therapy and an honorary doctorate in literature, and books and articles on brilliant women artists and writers, Dr. Kavaler-Adler brings a rich cultural and artistic background to her 35 years practicing as a clinian.
Trauma and Reslience: Object Relations ViewDownload the flyer here
Workshop at NAAP'S October 22nd, 2012 Annual Conference @ The NY Marriott Downtown
This workshop will be both theoretical and experiential. The workshop leader will share brief case examples related to psychological trauma due to date rape, demon lover complex, fear of success, addiction, and early incest. Discussion will include: 1) internal world dramas that are re-played repeatedly in the external world until the trauma is experienced, understood, and worked through in object relations psychoanalytic approach; 2) schizoid, narcissistic, and hysterical character defenses that are related to the time of the developmental arrest caused by the trauma; 3) psychic capacities that allowed for resilience and recovery in each of the traumatized subjects and how these capacities were revived and revitalized by a developmental mourning process, when they were partially dissociated through the trauma itself.
In the experiential portion of the workshop, Dr. Kavaler-Adler will lead a guided psychic visualization to help each workshop participant to go into their own internal worlds and have a dialogue with someone in that world about a past trauma in their own lives. Those who wish to share their internal world experience with the workshop group will be invited to do so.
Introduction to the Object Relations Clinical Theory & Technique of Psychotherapy(Trimester 1 of the 1st Year of All Training Programs at the ORI. This 10-week course can be taken as a separate non-credit course.)
The Therapist-Analyst as Clinical Instrument: Processing Clinician's Internal Experience: Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler
- Countertransference: Old and new perspectives. Objective countertransference as a clinical tool: How does it differ from subjective countertransference?
- What is projection and what is projective identification? How do we process projections and projective identification, and why?
- What developmental disruptions cause the dissociative phenomena that become projective identification as opposed to projection that is based on a core integrated self and repression?
- Why is the key role of the processing of projective identification not understood? What scares people about the concept of projective identification?
- Clinical examples and processing of these phenomena will be discussed and role-played.
Envy - Full day workshops:
Envy: Envy as Hunger, as Destruction of the Good, and as Inhibitor of Loveand
Creative Self expression (Loss of Voice), and Envy as the projected Evil Eye
In that "eternal now" moment of Envy I am so consumed by wanting to be you that anything and everything I have, that I've achieved, that I've constructed and created, is totally and violently forgotten within my mind! I am totally inside of being you, and hating you at the same time for having what I feel so vividly to be all I've ever wanted. And it seems like you've gotten it all without any effort, effortlessly, while I trudge through the road of struggle! What's more I can't even imagine in this moment ever being able to get there myself. I can't imagine it without magically transforming myself into you! You have it all. I just want to be you!
How does one interpret envy, when it can feel like a put down if pointed out to anyone? Envy can be at the core of masochism, narcissism, paranoia and schizoid mechanisms. Melanie Klein spoke of it as the destruction of the good, and she implied the voracious and insatiable hunger in it by speaking of oral envy in particular. How is this related to trauma? How is this related to parents with disowned envy that is expressed in both subtle and not so subtle forms of contempt that can then be mimicked in the profound identifications of children? Both Melanie Klein and D. W. Winnicott struggled with the destructive and self destructive aspects of envy and how to modify them through making them conscious. This workshop will expound on these ideas as well as on the ideas of Peter Shabad as the child's fantasy of the parent's evil eye and how it can be seen in psychoanalytic cases by Dr. Kavaler-Adler. Dr. Kavaler-Adler's cases and ideas will be interspersed with the seminal ideas of Klein and Winnicott, and the more recent ones of Peter Shabad.
Lecture and discussion will take place in the morning of the workshop. Then in the afternoon, Dr. Kavaler-Adler will engage all workshop participants in a personal and group experience journey through her skilled use of a psychic visualization. The psychic visualization will be used to promote internal dialogues both about one's own envy and about one's fears of being envied, both of which can hold back success in love and creativity.
Study Seminar on Projective Identification10-week course - Please inquire!
This course will combine readings and discussion with role-plays and psychic visualization to teach the multi-variable phenomena of projective identification in a powerfully focused clinical context. The phenomena of projective-identification has been most profoundly validated in the most current and longitudinal studies of infant research, such as the research and writing of Beatrice Beebe. Clinically, in America, Thomas Ogden has offered long term cases with vivid illustrations of the profound objective countertransference experience of projective identification, but of course, the original thinking about the healthy, narcissistic, and overall defensive aspects of projective-identification, - the defensive aspects being so vividly and obviously displayed in borderline disorders, - stems back to the seminal writings of Melanie Klein.
From the psychic fantasy of projective-identification - to the intersubjective phenomena of it, which began to meet our attention with Paula Heinman's first paper on "countertransference" and Wilfred Bion's ideas on the psychoanalyst as a psychic container (for those spit off parts of the patient that are deposited in the psyche, soma, sensations, emotions, and cognitions of the analyst, interacting quite selectively with the analyst's feelings, fantasies, and thoughts), the phenomena of projective-identification is a guiding light to understanding all the critical work we do today with character disorders.
Come into this course to come into the conversation, the transitional world dialogue that interacts with our internal world in psychic dialectic! This course can help open doorways to a much deeper form of clinical work: clinical narratives of "transference-countertransference" dynamics begin in the internal world, where the child self and the pathologically attached parental objects do their enactment dances, demon lovers, and inner witches and goblins of all kinds! See Racker, Kernberg, and Sandler on "role-reversal." Let's see it all together during this ten week seminar!
Working with Resistances in PsychotherapyNew Study & Experiential Group Forming Soon! Please inquire.
This 8-week group will help its participants to explore and learn to work with resistances through both readings and role plays with Dr. Kavaler-Adler, "getting inside the skin of your patients."
D. W. Winnicott's Writings & Theories and Klein-Winnicott Dialectic7-Week Workshop-Study Group - Please inquire!
D. W. Winnicott transformed the practice of psychoanalysis, enlarging its scope to understand the developmental progressions, disruptions, and traumas that take place within with the whole, or the leaking container, of the "mother-infant matrix." He introduced us to clinical practice with Character Disorders when he spoke of the "False Self" patient.
In this course Winnicott's seminal ideas on transitional phenomena and objects, the "subjective object" (precursor to the self object), the phenomenon of "playing," potential space, the capacity for psychic dialectic, empathy and concern, dream space, analytic space, "object survival," "the capacity to be alone" will all be discussed. What is the real nature of "true self" experience, as opposed to the contrived "false" or constructed self? How do we or do we not manifest it? How does psychic dialectic begin, and how is it the route of all "intersubjective experience"?
In teaching Winnicott I always illustrate how Winnicott and his theories were a continual responsive dialectic with his former supervisor and teacher, Melanie Klein. It is so important to see how Winnicott's own form of genius and uniqueness widened our clinical perspective into critical areas of developmental thinking that were just beginning to be whispered by Klein (and her followers) in Klein's profound focus on the internal world of psychic fantasy. In this way we avoid the often common pitfall of polarizing Winnicott and Klein. Winnicott spoke of the therapist's' presence and "environment" in a whole new way, but he did so in a continual response to the thinking of Klein. By seeing him in a dialogue with Klein, we can most value Winnicott because we see that in compensating for Klein's blind spots, and bringing alive the mother-infant matrix as a clinical holding environment, Winnicott's unique perspective as a pediatrician made clinically vivid Klein's beginning forays into "internalization" and mourning as critical developmental and clinical processes, so that both self integration and self evolution through development could be more deeply understood by all psychological clinicians, as well as by psychoanalysts. It is only by a dialectic between the ideas of both Klein and Winnicott that we get the full picture of how internalization opens up the capacity to mourn and self integrate, and mourning, in turn, with its full range of clinically expressed aggression, as well as grief, opens up the pathways to contact and connection that allow for the creation of new and more healthy internalizations. It is in this way that the ego capacities (including Winnicott's "ego relatedness") organically evolve without the contrived focus on external functioning resorted to by ego psychologists and others.
Come join us to read, discuss, and listen to case examples related to these fundamental human and clinical phenomenons.
Self Sabotage: The Ghost of Unconscious LoyaltiesSELF SABOTAGE, Fear of SUCCESS and Fear of ENVY
In this group, Dr. Kavaler-Adler will help participants to understand the underpinnings of self sabotage, fear of envy, and fear of success in both their patients and in themselves, by helping them to understand the unconscious loyalties that bind them to patterns of self sabotage.
Participants of this group will have a unique opportunity to look into their internal world experiences during the psychic guided visualization. Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences and develop a group bond to aid each other in working with their fears and conflicts.
Each session will begin with a guided psychic visualization. Those who share the dialogues from their internal worlds in the external world of the group will receive help to see how their internal conflicts around self sabotage, envy, and fears of success are inhibiting them on their journey through life. Participants will be helped to experience the feelings and thoughts that may be blocked or unarticulated due to loyalties to early life attachments, and due to internalized identifications with inhibiting and envious figures from their past and present.
The different affect states related to envy and retaliation against the self for ambitious strivings, which involve hostile and murderous impulses, will be defined when they are experienced in the group. In this way, the work of letting go can proceed through reaching affect states of grief and loss that renew love, and thus renew the basic human capacity for connection that inspires the individual creative genius in each individual.