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May 10 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, Wyman Classroom

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

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May 10, 2024 — The meaning and use of the body as a metaphor

[24 pages]

In this paper the author presents two cases in which the patients were tattooed during the treatment. She explores the patients’ use of their bodies to depict aspects of the relationship with the analyst. “In analytic treatment, these patients both resorted to the act of tattooing at those points at which symbolic language proved insufficient and at which the boundary between the patients and the analyst had become diffuse or the relationship was threatened by interruptions” (20) How do our bodies enter psychoanalytic treatment? When does the body provide the patient with protection from fears of disintegration and loss? How should this be addressed in our work? How are creative, playful, and artistic experiences thought about analytically?

Karacaoglan, U. (2012) Tattoo and Taboo: On the Meaning of Tattoos in the Analytic Process. International Journal of Psychoanalysis 93:5-28.


May 10
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