The Core of the Analytic Process: Perspectives from Three Continents

Abstract:


In keeping with the theme of the Congress, "Convergence and Divergence in Psychoanalysis, this panel will seek to elucidate the core of the psychoanalytic process as viewed by analysts on three continents. Each of the panelists will offer a 10-15 minute presentation outlining the core, or essence, of the psychoanalytic process as he or she understands and practices it. Dr. Jacobs will present the North American egopsychological position, Dr. Jean-Claude Rolland the French classical tradition, Dr. Bolognini the contemporary Italian perspective, and Dr. Ungar the Kleinian-Bionian approach as she practices it in Argentina. Each panelist will present the fundamental tenets of his or her position and illustrate it with a clinical example. Each of the Panelists will then have an opportunity to respond to the other presentations,outlining areas of overlap and agreement and ones of divergence and disagreement. In this way we hope to clarify the common ground shared by these different approaches, and those areas of theory and practice in which they diverge. The panel will also discuss the feasibility and value of developing a unified theory of psychoanalysis and proposed by Dr. Leo Rangell we believe that this panel will be of great educational value to the audience. In keeping with the theme of the Congress, "Convergence and Divergence in Psychoanalysis, this panel will seek to elucidate the core of the psychoanalytic process as viewed by analysts on three continents. Each of the panelists will offer a 10-15 minute presentation outlining the core, or essence, of the psychoanalytic process as he or she understands and practices it. Dr. Jacobs will present the North American egopsychological position, Dr. Jean-Claude Rolland the French tradition, Dr. Bolognini the contemporary Italian perspective, and Dr. Ungar the Kleinian-Bionian approach as she practices it in Argentina. Each panelist will present the fundamental tenets of his or her position and illustrate it with a clinical example. Each of the Panelists will then have an opportunity to respond to the other presentations,outlining areas of overlap and agreement and ones of divergence and disagreement. In this way we hope to clarify the common ground shared by these different approaches, and those areas of theory and practice in which they diverge. The panel will also discuss the feasibility and value of developing a unified theory of psychoanalysis and proposed by Dr. Leo Rangell we believe that this panel will be of great educational value to the audience.
 

Summary:
In this panel, analysts from three continents representing different schools of thought will present case material that, in their view, illustrates the essence of the analytic process. Each analyst will discuss the others’ material, highlighting areas of convergence and divergence and clarifying what, for all schools, constitutes the core of the analytic process.
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Topics
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AUTHORS
Jacobs, Theodore, USA,  (Presenting), Chair; Bolognini, Stefano, Italy, (Presenting); Ungar, Virginia, Argentina,(Presenting); Jean-Claude Rolland, France (Presenting)