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Intersectionality, Social Context, and the Co-Creation of Clinical Experience

May 12, 2023 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, Wyman Classroom

Third Year Adult Psychoanalytic Training (APT)
2022-23, 3rd Trimester — Fridays, 3:30-5:00pm

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May 12, 2023 — Rage, Humor and Resistance as Adaptive Defense

[28 pages]

Stoute proposes Black Rage as a functional adaptation that protects against internalizing racist aggression and devaluation and can inspire psychic growth.  Also, she describes how this construct arises in the context of the intergenerational transmission of both trauma and sources of resilience in the face of oppression.    We have allowed two weeks to discuss and explore this complex concept.

The supplemental materials all present various forms of adaptive resistance, that we will consider in the context of Stoute’s theoretical conception.

Stoute, B.J. (2021) Black rage: The Psychic Adaptation to the Trauma of Oppression. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, Handout, 17:395-422.

Atlanta, Season 4, Episode 2 “The Homeliest Little Horse.” Originally aired, September 15, 2022. (Available on Hulu, please let us know if you need access).

Optional Reading

The 1491s are self-described “indigenous misfits” who produce absurdist and satirical comedy in the forms of YouTube videos, film and theatre. They also work to put cameras in the hands of indigenous communities to facilitate people telling their own stories. Some of those videos can be found in the Represent section of the video section of their website www.1491s.com. The two first links are two excerpts from the program from the play Between the Knees currently at Seattle Rep through March 26. The third link is to a Tedx talk two members did in 2015.



The Wing Luke Museum has the following exhibit through September 2023, “Resisters: A Legacy of Movement from the Japanese American Incarceration.” (Through art, first-person accounts, historical material, and artifacts, this exhibit connects Japanese American resistance movements during the WWII era to modern BIPOC justice movements and activism today). https://www.wingluke.org/exhibits.


May 12, 2023
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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