Upcoming Courses & Events
In this presentation, Winnicott’s theory of infant development is expanded to consider the unique psychic situation of twins. Two infants come into being in a matrix of relationships that is more complex than the single baby-mother unit. The mother of twins is preoccupied with both of her babies, and their internal worlds will include a social context in addition to a sense of an individual self. Their formative experiences include conflicts between being primary and environmental, between being interrupted and being an interruption.
Melanie Klein, a passionate lover of psychoanalysis, extended our understanding of the uncharted development of the mind. By analyzing children’s play, much as Freud had analyzed dreams, she discovered that primitive states emerge in infancy, preceding dynamics of the Oedipal Complex much earlier than originally believed by Freud.
NCSPP is honored to bring renowned psychoanalyst and poet Salman Akhtar, M.D., to the Bay Area. Dr. Akhtar posits that the discord between the subjectivity of minorities and their cultural “holding environment” (Winnicott, 1960) causes chronic mental pain or, in Freud’s (1926) terms, seelenschmerz. The unease felt by minorities arises from being stereotyped by a majority’s projections, as well as from the figure-ground discord in their own subjectivity. Seeking to anesthetize their distress, minorities might retreat from social participation, dream of times/places that could accord them majority status, and even discharge impotent rage via acts of terrorism.
Celebrating our NCSPP Community at the year-end party
The board of directors is pleased to announce the expansion of course offerings to the North Bay. We are encouraging all members who are interested in teaching for NCSPP to submit a course proposal of your area of interest and expertise.