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Elective: The Body

January 5, 2024 @ 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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January 5, 2024 — The Psychoanalytic Skin-ny

[24 pages]

Anzieu takes up the biological and psychical function of the skin to provide the infant the experience of a boundary between inside and outside, the sensation of both surface and volume, and confidence in the integrity of a bodily wrapping.  He defines the skin-ego as a mental image derived and internalized from the physical experiences of the interface between the surface of the baby’s body and that of its mother.  The internal fantasy of the skin ego allows the child’s developing ego to conceptualize itself as an ego containing psychical contents.

Wood foregrounds the importance of skin in the origins of self-representation and of problems in self-representation, including in the development of a sense of a reliable (or not) container for internal contents and adequate (or not) protection from external threats.  Wood applies his conceptualization of the skin function in an extended clinical example illustrating the unconscious psychic sequela of a patient’s congenital skin disorder, including its impact on the development of both her self-representation and her object relations.

Anzieu, D. (2016). Ch3: “The notion of a Skin-ego” In The Skin Ego. NY: Routledge (pp39-48).

Wood, P. (2014). Skin of Hate, Skin of Love. Psychoanalytic Social Work, 21:1-2, pp133-148.



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January 5, 2024
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3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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