Existential Reflections on Clinical Process

Existential Reflections on Clinical Process

0.00 - 30.00
This talk extends one given last year entitled Existential Principles in Psychodynamic Therapy. It begins with a review of the previously discussed secular existentialists’ understandings concerning human being and experience and their important difference from those of their religious existentialist cousins. It reprises broad implications of this set of views for psychodynamic practice. It follows by examining Freud’s and Sartre’s contending views of consciousness and “the unconscious” and relatedly concerning human freedom or deterministic causation of our experience and behavior. It illustrates one existentially-oriented psychodynamic theory, the communications model of maverick analyst, Helmuth Kaiser. It differentiates between those periods in psychodynamic work when we find the existential attitude particularly apt and useful, and where interactions in the nature of confrontation and encounter often feature prominently, and others when it remains for us largely implicit. We conclude with clinical vignettes illustrating these issues.
Presented by Peter Lawner, PhD
Saturday, October 22, 2022 from 9:30 am to 12 noon EST
Will be held on zoom
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