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Modern Structural Theory
November 1, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 3:30 pm on Friday, repeating until November 22, 2019
Fourth Year Adult Psychoanalytic Training (APT)
2019-20, 1st Trimester — Fridays, 3:30-5:00pm
Donald Schimmel, PhD
Babs Glover, MA LMHC
November 1, 2019 — American Interpersonalism
Greenberg, J. and Mitchell, S. (1983). Object Relations in Psychoanalytic Theory, Harvard University Press, Chapter 4, Interpersonal Psychoanalysis, pp.79-105.
Levenson, E.A. (1992). Harry Stack Sullivan: From Interpersonal Psychiatry to Interpersonal Psychoanalysis. CPS, 28:450-466.
Sullivan was the chief proponent of interpersonal psychoanalysis and the founder of the William Alanson White Institute. Interpersonal psychoanalysis takes as its base the belief that all psychological phenomena are interpersonal in origin (essential human needs are needs for satisfaction and needs for security replacing Freud’s drive theory). Sullivan stands unique among early analytic theorists, in that he also considers the sociocultural context (most especially around issues of class AND culture) as a foundational aspect of psychoanalytic understanding. Proponents of modern day object relations in the US claim Sullivan and Sullivan’s cohort as their early roots. Sullivan’s thinking also had a profound influence on relational psychoanalysis. Stephen Mitchell, a leading proponent of object relations and relational theories, questioned whether drive theory and object relations theory are mutually exclusive.