THE WORK OF PSYCHOANALYSIS: SEXUALITY, TIME AND THE PSYCHOANALYTIC MIND--DANA BIRKSTED-BREEN 

This ongoing clinical and theoretical seminar focuses on the workings of the mind of the psychoanalyst during the analytic session which includes issues related to temporality, spatial dimensions and sexuality.  Attention will be paid to unconscious phantasy as it evolves in the session details between analyst and patient and their interlocking and overlapping vertices. We will consider the clinical concepts of countertransference and the Bionian notion of containment and how they are both understood and sometimes misused.

Dana Birksted-Breen, PhD is a training and supervising psychoanalyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society. Former Editor of the New Library of Psychoanalysis books she is currently Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis. Her latest book is The Work of Psychoanalysis, Sexuality, Time and the Psychoanalytic Mind, New Library of Psychoanalysis, Routledge 2016. Her most recent paper “Pathways of the Unconscious: When the Body is the Receiver/Instrument” was published in the Centenary issue of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis (issue 6, 2019).  She conceived and co-curated an exhibition at the Freud Museum, London, “The Enigma of the Hour, One Hundred Years of Psychoanalytic Thought” (June- August 2019) and a short film about it:  https://vimeo.com/383978034

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