Shatter, Emptiness and Faith – Kabbalistic Strands in Psychoanalysis & Philosophy
Presented by Kenneth Kimmel
This seminar hopes to illuminate the psychological, inter-subjective, cultural, and historic depictions of the ‘Divine (Feminine) Presence’ of Shekhinah, as the embodied face of the suffering soul of humankind and of the earth. We’ll expand upon these ideas by drawing on the genius of Jewish mystics like Nahman of Bratslav and Isaac Luria, who share common ground and differences with ‘post-secular’ philosophers Derrida and Levinas, and psychoanalysts Bion, Eigen, and Jung. Underlying their metaphysical ideas is the humble recognition that all thoughts and texts are subject to constant revision and uncertainty—like life. This attitude deconstructs those “essentialist” precepts that assert a superior, final truth, or that tyrannize the weak, or that presume to know what is incomprehensible and infinite.
In our post-modern age, the psychology of ‘soul’ is not founded in fantasies of unification. That is the paradisiacal illusion of the child-ego. Our analytic attitude must hold our patients’ narcissistic shattering and nothingness, suffering and shame, and a deep acceptance of the ‘kenotic’ process, that may, in fortunate cases, release sparks of creative life from their imprisonment in husks. Lecture and Powerpoint, a film excerpt and rich discussion, will weave through the seminar.
Ghosts, Monsters, Singularities and Other Non-Sense
Presented by Sharon R. Green
The ghostly and the monstrous in literature and philosophy remind us that there is something enigmatic and uncanny about human being that escapes coherent narrative discourse – the ghost in the machine that disrupts the smooth workings of our lives! At a time when clinicians are feeling pressured to conform to diagnostic criteria and short-term treatment plans, the unique individual who appears in our consulting rooms is at risk of being lost. How do we think about working with subjectivity that cannot be reduced to any particular attribute, diagnosis, or narrative? This seminar will explore singularity and its relationship to the uncanny, the monstrous and the non-sense of our unique lives. The implications for clinical praxis will be explored. Reading materials will be provided at least a month in advance of the seminar.
Explorations in Shame & Temporality
Presented by Ladson Hinton
In this seminar we will explore some of the meanings and dimensions of shame and temporality, including recent findings in neuroscience. A clinical case will illustrate the movements of the temporal dimension within an analytic process. Readings will be required of attendees, and will be sent out via E-mail at least a month prior to the seminar.