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Elective: The Body

December 8, 2023 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, Wyman Classroom

Adult Psychoanalytic Training (APT)
2023-24, 2nd Trimester — Fridays, 3:30-5:00pm
Babs Glover, MA LMHC
John Cardinali, PsyD

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December 8, 2023 — I Wanna Rock With You:  Embodied desire and analytic eroticism

[43 pages]

Wrye’s perspective furthers our consideration of analysts’ and patients’ bodies as both subjects and objects, and foregrounds embodiment as central to psychological health and to the clinical experience. She urges us to embrace awareness of our own sensuous bodily responses to our patients’ material—our “body-based maternal erotic transference,” and extend what has historically been our focus on the oedipal, verbally-elaborated body to the preoedipal body of “sensorially lived experience,” from which our sense of aliveness emerges.

Writing some twenty years after Wrye, Elise also takes up the topic of analytic eroticism as a derivation of maternal eroticism and places it at the center of the analytic process.  Elise prizes analytic eroticism within an ethical frame as a crucial element in addressing developmental deficit and enlivening the intersubjective field of treatment.  She foregrounds emotionally embodied thinking and analytic vitality (as opposed to analytic neutrality) and elaborates the metaphor of dance to foster a felt sense of her clinical focus.  Elise argues for the analyst’s receptivity and engagement in a dance of vitalizing erotic energies as central to the patient’s experience of themselves as creative agents.

*The mid-term class evaluation will be conducted during this session. Please use these questions to facilitate your discussion: Midterm Evaluation Questions

Wrye, H. (1998). “The Embodiment of Desire: Relinking the Bodymind Within the Analytic Dyad” in Relational Perspectives on the Body (L. Aron & F.S. Anderson, eds.) Hillsdale, NJ: The Analytic Press, pp97-116.

Elise, D. (2021). “Moving from within the maternal: The choreography of analytic eroticism” in Vitalization in Psychoanalysis: Perspectives on Being and Becoming (A. Cooney, and R. Sopher, eds.) NY: Routledge (pp167-191).


December 8, 2023
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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