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Middle Phase

April 26, 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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April 26, 2024 — Racial subjectivity

[21 pages]

Writing from an object relations perspective, Esprey uses examples from her own work to show the collapse of thinking and empathy within the context of racial enactments. It is important for analysts to be aware of and to address their “racial subjectivity”: “therapist and patient will inevitably enact normative unconscious processes, evidencing the link between the psychical and the social. These normative unconscious influences, it will be argued, are complicit in ambushing the clinician’s capacity to engage in the reverie that is necessary for the creation of the analytic third (Ogden, 1999) in which the clinician is able to think about and contain her own and the patient’s renderings. (22)… [T]he integrity of the therapist’s mind and her capacity to filter and manage her own subjectivity becomes potentially impeded when race enters the dyadic engagement. (25)

Esprey, Y. (2017) The Problem of Thinking in Black and White: Race in the South African Clinical Dyad. Psychoanal. Dial., 27(1):20-35.

Suchet, M. (2017) Reclaiming a Mind: Commentary on Paper by Yvette Esprey. Psychoanal. Dial., 27(1):47-51.


April 26, 2024
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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Seattle, WA 98112
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