October 24, 2017
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. TO BE RESCHEDULED FOR LATER DATE.
Participants: Graciela Abelin-Sas Rose, M.D. and Peter Mezan, Ph.D.
In the course of sharing observations from the simultaneous treatment of couples and individual partners, Drs. Mezan and Abelin-Sas Rose concluded that two individuals, with their own stories and their own inner worlds, come together to create a third, powerfully meshed unconscious organization. Enriched by the two dissimilar individualities, this new entity, the couple, will in due time acquire its own distinctive features. They came to refer to this third psychic organization as the Couple World.
Their observation that intimacy involves a continuous dynamic relationship between a Couple World and the partners' individual worlds undermines the notion that there is a basic polarity to our lives, with autonomy, individuality and distance on one side and attachment, intimacy and closeness on the other, and that as partners in a relationship we are endlessly searching for a happy medium.
To the presenters' way of thinking, these binary pairs, typically located at the two ends of a linear continuum are not in fact opposites. Rather, autonomy and intimacy are two different types of experience within an intimate relationship, occurring in two different psychological worlds that we inhabit at the same time. In this presentation Drs. Mezan and Abelin-Sas Rose explore which aspect of one partner's personality contributes and may be reinforced by the other partner’s to interfere with the level of intimacy at different phases of their relationship.
No CME or CE credits offered.
New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium