Personality, Culture, and Context in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Personality, Culture, and Context in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

0.00 - 40.00
In psychoanalysis, there is a common question that arises when considering the role of sociocultural context in theory and practice: “Is this a cultural thing?” In other words, there has been a tendency to separate the psyche and the social throughout the history of psychoanalysis, and tensions persist in theorizing about this issue. In this presentation, I will explore how personality is shaped by sociocultural context, and how experiences of one’s sociocultural context rely on personality, family dynamics, and trauma. A culturally informed and decolonizing psychoanalytic approach will guide a conceptualization of the therapist’s and patient’s personalities, sociocultural backgrounds, and sociopolitical climate, and their impact on psychotherapy process. I will provide case illustrations to help translate this theoretical frame to practice and call attention to the importance of recognizing and grappling with multiple sociocultural perspectives in our ability to listen with more attunement to our patients and to ourselves.
Presented by Usha Tummala-Narra, PhD
Saturday, February 4, 2023 from 10:30 am to 12 noon EST
Will be held on Zoom.
1.5 CEs
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