February 4, 2017
"The Analyst's Personality: Impact on the Theory of Psychoanalytic Technique" with Drs. Arnold Richards, Arlene Kramer Richards, and Arthur Lynch
A theory of technique explains what to do about the nature of what we understand the clinical data to mean. It is our premise that as a result of personal conflict, psychoanalysts are attracted to particular technical maxims; or develop theories of technique, to counter or reverse their own destructive anti-therapeutic proclivities. This idea illustrates a general principle in the Sociology of Scientific Knowledge. Fleck (1935), maintained that scientific theories are influenced by social, cultural, historical, psychological and personal factors. We will illustrate this using Freud, and three other analysts (H. Kohut, M. Klein, K. Horney) as case examples.
Fleck, L. (1970). Genesis and development of a scientific fact (T. J. Trenn & R. K. Merton, Eds., F. Bradley & T. J. Trenn, Trans.). Chicago: University of Chicago Press. (Original work published 1935).
New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
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The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium