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Elective: The Body

December 15, 2023 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, Wyman Classroom

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

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December 15, 2023 — Sizing Us Up? or, Body Doubles: Analyst’s body as subject and object; Somatic reverie

[32 pages]

John’s article foregrounds unconscious aspects of living in or relating to the socioculturally stigmatized body, with particular attention to their emergence in the intersubjective field of treatment.  He offers us a clinical approach that addresses the ineluctable realities of both social context and bodily presence as they make themselves felt between patient and analyst and provides clinical vignettes demonstrating a way to address the unconscious levels of these realities without forsaking a focus on intersubjective emergence and the “dream” of the session.

Schoen argues that concrete surface elements of the analyst’s presence, such as our clothing and office décor—inevitably intertwined with signifiers around gender, sexuality, age, race, class, and so on—are often ignored, avoided, or overlooked as constructive aspects of the intersubjective engagement with our patients.  She argues that opening ourselves up to, and indeed inviting, the patient’s reactions to our physicality creates a space for the patient’s imaginative elaboration of physical aliveness.  Schoen addresses the analyst’s resistances to being seen and to engaging in what she describes as the “lived actualities of an erotic field” in the treatment.

Cardinali, J. (2023, unpublished). Stigmatized Body as Psychoanalytic Object. pp1-17.

This article will be distributed directly to the class members.

Schoen, S. (2023). The Patient’s Experience of the Analyst’s Physicality: It’s What’s on the Outside that Counts. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 33:2, pp240-255.


December 15, 2023
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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