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    Reconstruction in a two-person world may be more about the present than the past: Freud and the Wolf-Man

    Free For Members & NYPSI Students

    Tuesday, November 1, 2016
    8:00 PM

    Presenter: Richard Gottlieb, MD
    Discussant: Harold Blum, MD

    The psychoanalytic process of reconstruction has yet to be re-examined from the perspective of contemporary two-person formulations. In this presentation, Dr. Gottlieb will argue that doing so is not only theoretically valid but also of clinical utility. While some previous observers have implicated the analyst and his emotional involvement as influences that may distort the valid recovery of memories and others have noted that the transference and the reconstructed past are interdependent, still none have noted that reconstructed scenes and narratives may themselves reflect the transference-countertransference engagement of the dyad. These scenes and stories of the inferred past may be versions of the current analytic relationship. Moreover, at times the reconstructed past may reveal more about the warded-off analytic present than the past. While he will illustrate how Freud’s Wolf-Man case exemplifies this phenomenon, the more important point is not the historical one but the contemporary clinical utility of this additional perspective, one that suggests that all analysts would do well to reflect on their clinical reconstructions and interrogate them for clues to otherwise elusive aspects of the current clinical relationship.

    2 CME/CE credits offered

    $15 - General Admission
    $10 - Student Admission (non NYPSI)

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


    Richard M. Gottlieb, M.D. is Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, Training and Supervising Analyst of the American Psychoanalytic Association, and recipient of numerous prizes and awards in recognition of his writing and teaching. He has taught Freud's case histories for the past three decades and currently serves as Chair of the Faculty of the New York Psychoanalytic Institute.

    Harold P. Blum, M.D. is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Education, affiliated with New York University School of Medicine, and an Honorary Member of the New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute. He is the Former Executive Director of The Sigmund Freud Archives and the author of several books and more than 165 papers. Dr. Blum was the recipient of the inaugural Sigourney Award given by the American Psychoanalytic Association.

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