Curative Factors in Psychoanalytic Work
Thursdays: April 28, May 12
Psychoanalytic theories differ widely in their ideas about therapeutic action and technique. Most emphasize actions and techniques related to interpretation and/or to the therapeutic relationship. But the theories differ in their suggested primary focus (transference, conflicts and resistances, deep unconscious fantasies). They also diverge in their views on what makes interpretation effective. Is it because it leads to insight or because it conveys the presence of an object who is listening?
How have these theories evolved over time? How do they shift when faced with varying levels of functioning (for example primitive states of mind)? What can be drawn from these theories to inform the actions and techniques of our own practices?
In this seminar we will examine these (and many other) questions from multiple perspectives as we discuss what is curative in psychoanalytic work.