5 Sessions: Tuesdays, March 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28, 2020
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459
Schedule: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Lecture/Presentation; 8:00 pm - 8:30 pm: Group Discussion
The Poetics of the Body
Discussions about the presence of physicality and having a body are finding their way into the office and our psychoanalytic literature. While it has been common to look at the body with medically and characterologically ill patients, there has been less attention given to the body as the register of experiential encounters within the therapeutic process. How does having a body influence our thinking in regards to our theory making, the use of language, and engaging certain registers of relational experiences, including the transference and counter-transference? As we engage the psychodynamic literature, and work with poetry, we will elaborate our ideas and experiences about the body and embodiment in our clinical work. Participants are encouraged to bring clinical and experiential knowledge to class to further our understanding of the theoretical material. [The title of this course is obtained from Hoffman, A. G. “ Is Psychoanalysis a Poetics of the Body?” in American Imago. It refers to Aristotle’s notion of poetics as the art that uses language as its medium.]
Lucinda Di Domenico, MD
Psychoanalyst Member, Psychoanalytic Training, Fellowship, and Explorations in Mind programs, BPSI; Supervisor, Department of Psychiatry, Tufts Medical Center. Private practice in Newton Centre, MA.
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