San Francisco Psychoanalytic Center
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
NYPSI member Adele Tutter, M.D. Ph.D. has the honor of giving the 2016 Milton Lozoff, M.D. Memorial Lecture at the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Center on May 8, 2016. Her presentation is entitled “Text, sex, ur-text: Freud’s Dora and the erotics of knowing.” Previous Lozoff lectures were given by Jay Greenberg (2013), Howard Levine (2014), and Donald Moss (2015).
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Monday, February 1, 2016
Last March, Oscar Romero, (1917-1980) former Archbishop of El Salvador, was beatified by the Roman Catholic Church. Beatification is the last step before formal canonization as a Saint. Romero was assassinated by the right wing military for his support of the poor and the powerless, and his condemnation of the extreme violence, injustice and oppression that existed in El Salvador.
Before he became an advocate for the poor, however, he was known as an authoritarian, rigid cleric with a scolding scrupulousness, a friend of the rich and powerful. Psychoanalysis played an important role in his conversion and transformation into a compassionate, flexible, and powerful advocate for the oppressed.
In his biography, "Oscar Romero, Love Must Win Out,” biographer Kevin Clarke states (pg. 57):
“Romero himself, responding to his intermittent bouts of anxiety and depression, sought out psychoanalysis as a means to better understand the emotional and psychological currents that drove him. Mary marveled at Romero’s ability to adapt to the new conditions he confronted as archbishop, especially since so late in his life one might expect Romero to have become more brittle in his outlook. Ironically it may have been a desire to better understand his inflexibility and at times crippling scrupulousness that allowed this middle-aged man to reestablish such personal and sociological flexibility through prayer, introspection and analysis.
“Romero’s experience with psychoanalysis allowed him to better understand the behaviors that were propelling his loneliness and in typical fashion he responded with lists of personal efforts meant to allow him to experience more intimate - but, of course, not too intimate-relationships with laypeople and his fellow priests….Oddly enough, his issue with scrupulousness offered an opening to the conversion that the progressive priests would one day celebrate in this prelate all had presumed was a hopeless ecclesial neanderthal.”
Again, on pg. 85, Clarke states,
“Romero’s attentive, patient listening during eight hours of debate…represented another dramatic break from the authoritarian tendencies of his past - and a shock to those expecting a taciturn, decisive prelate. But like his ‘conversion,’ the apparently abrupt change is style actually reflected a process, with connections to his spiritual practices and psychoanalytic explorations that had begun much earlier.”
It is encouraging to see again the powerful influence psychoanalysis has had in the lives of such a variety of people, even the saints!
by M. Geraldine Hoban, Ph.D., NYPSI Member
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
During the American Psychoanalytic Association's winter meetings, the Board on Professional Standards appointed Dr. Mary Sickles as a Supervising Child and Adolescent Analyst. We congratulate her on this achievement and know that she will make significant contributions to our Institute in her new position. The designation of Supervising Child and Adolescent Analyst is an honor earned by dedication to and excellence in the practice of psychoanalysis. It is not the only path to distinction in our field, but it is a crucial one for the training of our candidates and the maintenance of the standards to which we all aspire.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Illustration: Peter Gamlen
"Cheap and effective, CBT became the dominant form of therapy, consigning Freud to psychology’s dingy basement. But new studies have cast doubt on its supremacy – and shown dramatic results for psychoanalysis" writes Oliver Burkeman. NYPSI member David Pollens, PhD, who is featured in the article, comments.