The contact function is a cornerstone of modern psychoanalytic theory of technique. Originally conceived by Hyman Spotnitz as a specific operational instrument for treating schizophrenic and borderline personalities, it now occupies an overarching position in the modern clinical repertoire. Dr. Sheftel reviews its implications concerning both theory and clinical application.
Spotnitz considered narcissistic transference to be the basis of therapeutic action. The analyst experiences emotional inductions, which suggests that he is experiencing the patient’s feelings, and finds himself thinking and acting in ways that conform to the patient’s unconscious transference fantasy. How is this process used for therapeutic gain?
An Introduction to the Brain for the Psychoanalytically-Minded - Part 1
This 3-part course is for clinical practitioners, psychoanalytic candidates, writers, teachers, and those involved in the arts, humanities, and
social sciences interested in bridging the disciplines of neuroscience and psychoanalysis. Recent discoveries about the brain and its mental functions appear to confirm basic tenets of psychoanalytic theory and practice. Dr. Maggie Zellner will address the connections, presenting an overview of the major functional architecture of the brain with a focus on brain regions and circuits that underlie functions of interest to psychoanalysis, including emotion, motivation, memory, and self-regulation.