Dr. Sylvia Flescher
"Shades of Grey: the Mommy Porn Phenomenon" or "Don't Yuck my Yum"
October 7, 2014
Hekemian Conference Rooms 1 & 2
At Our Previous Meeting:
"My Inner Self Has Been Squashed and Wants Out or I Will Die": Form of Psychoanalytic Relatedness and Analytic Intimacy
James Fosshage, PhD
June 12, 2014
I have selected an analysand and an analytic process, transpiring over a course of 9 years, to illustrate different forms of relatedness and, in turn, different forms of intimacy. I have previously proposed that attachment needs and forms of relatedness are meaningfully conceptualized as ranging along a continuum. At one end self needs and selfobject relatedness is in the forefront of experience. This is the area of Kohut's mirroring and idealizing selfobject needs and connections -- what Dan Stern calls the self-regulating other. Then there are needs for or connections involving self-with-other that Stern and Benjamin have called intersubjective relatedness. And finally, there are what I call, needs to focus on or be concerned about the other, a "caretaking" relatedness. All forms of relatedness can generate vitalizing experiences for each participant. Most analytic work will demonstrate a shifting priority of needs and forms of relatedness that have to be examined from the perspective of each member of the analytic dyad.
James Fosshage, PhD,. Is Founding President, International Association of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology (IAPSP); Advisory Board Member, International Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP); Co-founder, Board Director and Faculty, National Institute for psychotherapies (NYC), Founding Faculty, Institute for Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity (NYC), Clinical Professor of Psychology, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (Co-Founder of Relational Track); and Faculty, Stephen A. Mitchell Center for Relational Studies. He is an Editorial Board member of 7 journals, including Psychoanalytic Inquiry, International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, and Psychoanalytic Dialogues. Author of over 100 psychoanalytic publications, including 8 books, he has focused on the implicit/explicit motivational and organizing processes traversing dreams, transference, countertransference, listening perspectives and therapeutic action. His most recent book, co-authored with Joseph Lichtenberg and Frank Lachmann, is Enlivening the Self, to be published this year. Dr. Fosshage has been on the "PEP Top 100 Authors Downloaded" in 2010, 2011, and 2012. A well-known national and international speaker and teacher, he maintains a private practice and study groups in New York City and Tenafly, NJ . (Website: www.jamesfosshage.net).