Saturday, October 26, 2013
Violence & Its Denial
Social and Clinical Consequences
We began formulating our 41st annual conference around the concept of stepping up to take leadership responsibility in exploring psychodynamic interventions to mitigate violence in our culture. We started with the notion that our clinical members and member institutes are probably involved in multiple efforts to address violence. Some may have actively organized anti-violence and trauma response programs, while others may not overtly identify their work as such, even though they are doing it. Our goal was to bring to the attention of the psychoanalytic community what is being done and how our community might address the issue, and to encourage the community to bring together its many resources in a concerted effort to pursue nonviolence. If psychoanalysts cannot examine issues of unconscious motives, aggression, attachment, suicidality, self-examination, and developmental needs, then who can?
One important aspect of confronting the violence dilemma is acknowledging our own, and society’s, denial: the pros, cons, and consequences. We were interested in studying the social impact, and how violence and its denial are dealt with in our therapy offices. Whenever a major, seemingly random, incidence of violence occurs there is a flurry of activity about why it is happening and what we can do about it. The dedication to a solution is carried forward by many in various disciplines, but generally fades from public and professional focus until another event shocks us to attention.
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Karin Lofthus Carrington & Susan Griffin
Transforming Terror: Remembering the Soul of the World
Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2011
Robert J. Marshall
On Mirroring, Fractals, Chaos and Psychoanalysis
Modern Psychoanalysis, 36(1):52-94, 2011
Donna M. Orange
The Suffering Stranger: Hermeneutics for Everyday Clinical Practice
New York: Routledge, 2011
launched in February 2011
“Point of Balance,” “Interpretation,” and “The Words have Spilled”
Ladder of Words, Sleepy Hollow, NY: Poets Union Press, 2011
Mark J. Buenzle
Standing where the Towers Fell: A study of psychic and physical collapse and reconstruction
The Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies, NYC, 2011
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