NCSPP

Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology

NCSPP'S CORNER

by: ANNICE ORMISTON, PSY.D.

INK, HOLES, AND SCARS:

The Stories our Bodies Narrate with Alessandra Lemma

NCSPP proudly presents its 25th Annual Event, March 10, 2012. Join us for a lively, inspiring day with Alessandra Lemma and discussants Mary Brady and Robert Tyminski.

We all struggle to manage two of life's basic facts - we are beings in a body and subjects of the other's gaze. The body is both internal and external reality, expressive of our deepest desires, fears, needs, and wishes, and holder of our subjectivity.

Dr. Lemma, whose work focuses, from a psychoanalytic perspective, on the motivations for why people modify their bodies, will lead an exploration of body modification across history and cultures, including differences in self-affirming and self-destructive ritual. She will discuss the challenges posed by our embodied nature through exploration of the unconscious phantasies underlying body modification. Topics will include body image disturbance, appearance anxiety, body dysmorphia, and the psychological functions of cosmetic surgery, tattooing, and piercing.

3/10/12 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., The David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley.

Register at www.ncspp.org.