The Elusive Good Object

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Case material will be used to describe idealization as it permeates and governs the analytic relationship.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

BPSI, 141 Herrick Road

Newton Centre, MA 02459




The Elusive Good Object

 

In this presentation, Dr. Zeavin explores two levels at work in the mind, each present even when not explicitly active or explicitly expressed- in Klein's terms the paranoid schizoid and the depressive positions. Klein emphasized the connection between the depressive and the paranoid schizoid positions, with lifelong movement between the two. Dr. Zeavin asserts that the underlying more primitive level of experience is often left out of our analytic treatments, especially with our overtly high functioning patients. 


Drawing on clinical material, she describes the workings of the paranoid schizoid position in a treatment with a high functioning patient and illustrates a consequence arising from a split within the personality that, owing to idealization, had left persecutory anxieties largely unintegrated. The result-two levels simultaneously at work in the personality-led to the patient's sense of a fragile and unstable relation to both her internal (and external) objects and generated an atmosphere in the analysis where things were not quite what they seemed. Dr. Zeavin explores a particular consequence of this failure of integration--what she calls the elusiveness of the good object and how the analyst's eventual capacity to discern the workings of idealization brought about significant change for the patient. 

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Speakers

Lynne Zeavin, PsyD (Presenter) is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute and on the clinical faculty of IPTAR, and she teaches courses on Melanie Klein and the Contemporary Kleinians. She is the author of numerous papers on female sexuality, beauty, and the pregnancy of the analyst, and lately she has been working on a series of papers on the nature of the object relationship. She is co-founder of the Rita Frankiel Memorial Fellowship sponsored by the Melanie Klein trust, and a co-founder of Green Gang, a group of 4 colleagues that address themselves to understanding our human relationship with the natural world and the environment. Dr. Zeavin is on the editorial boards of JAPA and Psychoanalytic Quarterly, and is in full time psychoanalytic practice in New York City.

Janet Kite, PhD (Moderator) is a Training and Supervising Analyst and faculty member at BPSI. She is currently North American co-chair for the IPA Program Committee, a member of the Program Committee of APsaA, and an Associate Editor of JAPA. She has a private practice in Cambridge, MA.



Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the Kleinian notion of the good object and how it is foundational to the health of the ego and object relationships.
  2. Identify the differences between paranoid schizoid and depressive functioning in Kleinian theory, the oscillations between them and the role idealization plays in helping to keep more primitive fantasies and anxieties at bay.
  3. Discern the workings of idealization in the transference/countertransference relationship.
  4. Contrast the workings of idealization and its impact on the therapeutic relationship with more usual oedipal dynamics.



References

Sodre, Ignes. (2015). Imparadised in hell: Idealization, erotization and the return of the split-off. In Imaginary existences: A psychoanalytic exploration of phantasy, fiction, dreams and daydreams (The New Library of Psychoanalysis). (pp. 132-145). (pp. 86-104). London, UK and New York, NY: Routledge. [Available in the BPSI library upon request.]

Sodre, Ignes. (2015). Certainty and doubt: Transparency and opacity of the object. In Imaginary existences: A psychoanalytic exploration of phantasy, fiction, dreams and daydreams (The New Library of Psychoanalysis). (pp. 132-145). London, UK and New York, NY: Routledge. [Available in the BPSI library upon request.]

Roth, Priscilla. (2018). “I used to think you were wonderful”: The persecution/idealization cycle of melancholia. In Garvey, P. Editor & Long, K. Editor (Eds.), The Klein tradition: Lines of development (pp. 247-259). New York, NY: Routledge. [Available in the BPSI library upon request.]

Zeavin, Lynne. (2018). The perfect enemy of the good: On idealisation and self idealization. In Garvey, P. Editor & Long, K. Editor (Eds.), The Klein tradition: Lines of development (pp. 287-300). New York, NY: Routledge. [Available in the BPSI library upon request.]



Schedule
8:00 pm - 8:10 pm: Welcome and Introduction; 8:10 pm - 9:00 pm: Presentation; 9:00 pm - 9:30 pm: Q&A and Discussion with Audience.

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This program will be of interest to mid-career and late-career mental health clinicians
and graduate students in the field of psychology.
 
 
FEE: $55 Early Bird (use code: EB2019LZN); $65 Regular (as of 1/2/2019)
The fee is waived for Early Career Clinicians, and BPSI Members, Trainees, and Partners.
Scholarships available upon request.
 
 
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