NCSPP Corner

by Garrett Howard, MFT
First Impressions in Psychoanalysis and Negotiation
Presenters: Kimberlyn Leary, PhD, Mary Margaret McClure, DMH, Mahima Muralidharan, PsyD, David Cushman, PsyD
Moderator: Francisco Gonzalez, MD
Saturday, May 6, 2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
Tuition: $40 - $250
This presentation will include a roundtable discussion on how some of the same factors that influence interpersonal exchanges also promote change and collaboration in decision-making, from psychoanalytic theory to ideas found in leadership and negotiation. First impressions play a role in shaping initial dialogue in both psychotherapy and policy negotiation. These impressions are influenced by a variety of factors, including embodied experience, intersubjective experience, the sociocultural context, and inner fantasies and cognitive processes. The cultural, social, and psychic experiences that influence public policy are infused by gender and racial stereotypes, as gender and race relations remain most pressing problems of contemporary social life in the U.S. In a process similar to psychotherapy, emotionally charged, visceral, critical moments in negotiation may either distort thinking or lead to adaptive change.