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Middle Phase

March 15, 2024 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, Back Classroom

Second Year Adult Psychoanalytic Training (APT)
2023-24, 3rd Trimester — Fridays, 3:30-5:00pm
Katherine Weissbourd, PhD

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March 15, 2024 — Free association – The spoken and the unspoken in subjectivity and intersubjectivity

[31 pages]

Anton Kris, writing in 1990, describes the value of free association, analytic neutrality, and the analysis of resistance. He highlights the role of words in the analytic process. For Kris freedom of thought is central to analytic work, and interpretation and insight are secondary. Levenkron (2009)  from a different perspective, highlights the moments of meeting between the analyst and the patient. What promotes change, she writes, is not clarity but sloppiness: “The search for fittedness is necessarily a “sloppy” business… and cannot be determined or predicted ahead of time. Indeed, in its very sloppiness lies the system’s potential for novel developments, and thus for surprise and for change”(p 184). How are free association and novelty related? How to they emerge in treatment, and how does the analyst facilitate the use of new language and experience?

Kris, A.O. (1990) The Analyst’s Stance and the Method of Free Association. Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 45:25-41

Read pages 25-31 only.

Levenkron, H. (2009). Engaging the Implicit: Meeting Points between the Boston Change Process Study Group and Relational Psychoanalysis. Contemp. Psychoanal., 45(2):179-217.

Read pages 179-202 only.


March 15, 2024
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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