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Recurring Event Event Series: British Object Relations

British Object Relations

November 4 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, Back Classroom

Third Year Adult Psychoanalytic Training (APT)
2022-23, 1st Trimester — Fridays, 3:30-5:00pm
Stan Case, LICSW PhD
Judy K. Eekhoff, PhD

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November 4, 2022 — Exclusion: Internalized and Externalized

[50 pages]

Fakhry Davids builds on Rosenfeld’s concept of the pathological organization and Steiner’s ideas about psychic retreats. Coming from a fixed infantile part of the self which felt robbed of its omnipotent narcissism, the pathological organization resorts to self-idealization and destructive narcissism. With ruthless envy toward the more dependent, object-related part of the self, its brutality disguises itself as a benevolent savior, whose “false promises,” he says, “are designed to make the normal self of the patient dependent on or addicted to his omnipotent self, and to lure the normal sane parts into this delusional structure in order to imprison them.” Steiner’s psychic retreat is a psychic organization which, in between the paranoid schizoid and depressive positions, avoids contact with reality. Only after the analyst has been induced into an enactment, emotionally disturbed, and recruited to play a role in maintaining the patient’s pathological equilibrium, can he or she become more aware of its impact and meaning.

Steiner, J. (2008). “Transference to the Analyst as an Excluded Observer.” IJP 89:39-54

Davids, M. Fakhry. (2011) Ch1, Introduction. in Internal Racism: a Psychoanalytic Approach to Race and Difference, pp1-16

Davids, M. Fakhry. (2011) Ch2, A Clinical Study of a Racist Attack. in Internal Racism: a Psychoanalytic Approach to Race and Difference, pp19-36


November 4
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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