HEINZ WEISS, PHD
Awarded Senior Plumsock Prize, Contemporary Freudian Society 2015
HEINZ WEISS, PSYCHOSOMATIC MEDICINE & KLEINIAN EXPERT
UNDERSTANDING PRIMITIVE MENTAL STATES
MOURNING AND REPARATION IN THE BORDERLINE PATIENT
Heinz Weiss, PhD
a Specialist in Psychosomatic Borderline,
and Narcissistic Personality Disorders
February 5, 2016
Using detailed clinical material of a borderline patient, Weiss will show how primitive reparation (due to its concrete thinking and unmentalized representation) obstructs the working through of mourning and guilt, and leads instead to phantasied damage in this patient’s internal objects.
Pseudo reparation is discussed as a manic defense. Through the unconscious process of the repetition compulsion where he sought grievance from all objects, and demanded restitution from his unmourned primitive and punitive internal objects, this patient remained entrapped inside his narcissistic personality organization and claustro-agoraphobic dilemma.
The technical and clinical implications of this dilemma will be discussed in detail. The meaning of both the conscious and unconscious limits of pseudo reparation in severely traumatized patients will also be discussed.
Note from Susan Finkelstein, UPMS Director
UPMS is delighted to introduce Dr. Heinz Weiss to an American audience here in New York. You will see from his brief bio below the level of expertise Dr. Weiss brings to our program and to this conference. An expert in psychosomatic medicine and specialization in working with borderline, narcissistic patients, he has spent years consulting with John Steiner and other London Contemporary Kleinians. This Conference begins an ongoing dialogue between UPMS and now other European Kleinians.
Prof. Heinz Weiss is the head of the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine of the Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus, Stuttgart, and one of the Directors of the Sigmund-Freud-Institute, Frankfurt, Germany. He was a visiting scientist at the Adult Department of the Tavistock Clinic, London, and is teaching at the University of Tübingen. In his publications and books he has dealt extensively with the concepts of contemporary Kleinian analysts, especially with pathological organizations of the personality, the concepts of time and space in borderline pathology, projective identification and countertransference and the resulting technical problems.