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  • "Dialogues on..." Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis

    Pursuing Perfection: The Narcissistic Over-investment in Our Children

    Wednesday, March 9, 2016
    8:00 PM

    "Pursuing Perfection: The Narcissistic Over-investment in Our Children"
    with David Sawyer, MD

    It is normal upon the birth of one's child to feel that this child is special - a wonder, incomparable, a miracle, in effect, perfect. It is also normal for this feeling to recede over time and to be replaced by the understanding that one's child is subject to human limitations, like all children. But the overvaluation of one's own child persists, either in greater or lesser degree. It serves parents' need for self-esteem, among other things. We can see it manifested in a certain cultural emphasis on raising our children to be perfect. We will address the questions of what drives this phenomenon, what are its effects, and what we should do about it.

    No CME/CE credits offered

    FREE. All are welcome.

    New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
    247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
    The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium


    Dr. David Sawyer is a psychiatrist, child and adolescent psychiatrist, and psychoanalyst who is in full time private practice in NYC and in Westchester. He is a member of New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute, where he is Co-Program Coordinator of the Child and Adolescent Track of the Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program; and is Clinical Instructor of Psychiatry at Cornell University Medical College. He has taught child development for many years.

guidance • support • stress • anxiety • depression • conflict • hyperactivity • identity disorders • socialization • self-esteem •
guidance • support • stress • anxiety • depression • conflict • hyperactivity • identity disorders • socialization • self-esteem •
guidance • support • stress • anxiety • depression • conflict • hyperactivity • identity disorders • socialization • self-esteem •