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Ferenczi’s “The Unwelcome Child and His Death Instinct” and the Concept of Anaclitic Emotional Communication

  • PPSC, 80 Fifth Ave, Suite 903A NY, NY 10011 (map)

This talk has been approved by New York State for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for LMSWs & LCSWs. Lecture will be led by Dr. Paul Geltner.

Sandor Ferenczi’s short, powerful paper was the first psychoanalytic discussion of the feelings that a person needs to experience from the parents in order to develop a zest for life and it also offers a few hints of how to work with patients who have not experienced those feelings. Paul Geltner will present a close reading of this classic paper, and then discuss the concept of anaclitic emotional communication: the idea that many patients will re-experience these needs in the psychoanalytic relationship and that the analyst can meet many of these needs within the context of the transference. He will also discuss the types of countertransference the analyst experiences in the countertransference in these, both the distinctive feelings of boredom and hopelessness when the patient re-experiences the deprivation of these needs and the more nurturing feelings when the patient is receptive to having these needs met by the analyst.

Dr. Paul Geltner is the author of Emotional Communication: Countertransference Analysis and the Use of Feeling in Psychoanalytic Technique (Routledge, 2013) and of papers on dreams and child analysis. He has has been the Director of Psychoanalytic Education at the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center, and has taught at the Northern Rockies Psychoanalytic Institute, the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies, and the Colorado Center for Modern Psychoanalysis. He is in private practice in New York City, working with individuals and couples. He specializes in individual and group supervision with psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists.

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