Upcoming Courses & Events
Join the PLC and Dr. Jed Sekoff for a screening and discussion of the Oscar-nominated film, Arrival, a science fiction drama exploring communication with extraterrestrial intelligence. Following the screening, Dr. Sekoff will discuss the film’s themes through a psychoanalytic lens, including “otherness” (and our response to it) and our relation to time, memory, and loss. Popcorn will be served.
In this course, we will examine the unconscious defense strategies that patients employ to manage unbearable pain. We will examine the theoretical underpinnings of these strategies looking at autistic and dissociative defenses as well as feelings of deadness, the claustrum, and the work of the negative. Case material will serve as a springboard for thinking about strategies to enliven these patients in our clinical work.
Engage in great conversation while we sip affordable, delicious happy hour drinks and munch on tasty bites. Join us on the outdoor patio, which features lights and a giant redwood tree, as we talk about graduate and professional life. This is a great opportunity to unwind after your day and start spring off right with your colleagues. The Double Standard is conveniently located in downtown Oakland, just steps from the 19th Street BART station.
What might the oceanic feeling have to do with music? One answer is that Freud claimed to feel neither of them, a biographical detail that is often attributed to his anxiety about undifferentiation, a fear of sameness, literal homophobia. This program resumes a Freudian voyage potentiated by his sea-change theory of sexuality using contemporary cultural objects including William Finnegan’s surfing memoir, Barbarian Days; John Luther Adams’ environmentalist composition for orchestra, “Become Ocean”; and Frank Ocean’s Blonde trilogy to explore and contrast the erotics of identification (based on shared experience) with sexual complementarity (based on difference) through the work of Adam Phillips, Harold Boris, Leo Bersani, and Jean Laplanche.
This seminar will take up female identity development (distinct from traditional ways of understanding development), sexuality, and Oedipal conflicts, with discussion of the meanings of mourning, sexuality, maternal identification, separation-individuation, recognition and power, post-Oedipal functioning, and the imperative to find a creative “way out” to becoming an embodied, potent, autonomous, and loving woman. We will weave in theory and clinical material to contemplate how Bechdel’s work illustrates the broad spectrum of issues around female identity.