In this paper, David Taylor will present the analysis of a patient whose modes of functioning were characteristic of anxiety hysteria: fecund visual imagery and dreams, pseudo-hallucinations and urgent fears. He will describe how the patient’s use of predominantly visual modes of expression caused the analyst to respond with forms of understanding that amounted to a Quixotic pursuit of what were in effect mirages or illusions. Close observation of this tendency led to understandings that could help the patient tolerate more sustained contact with her psychic reality than might otherwise have been possible. Eventually that permitted mental growth and development to resume. Taylor goes on to suggest that observations like these raise questions about some of the mechanisms that Freud postulated in Studies on Hysteria to explain ‘pure’ hysteria which continue to be accepted as facts in some psychoanalytic theories. They may be more accurately regarded today as reactions to the disturbance induced in the analyst by the hysterical patient’s modes of emotional communication. More generally, David Taylor is arguing for a need to restore provisionality to psychoanalytic hypotheses in order that psychoanalysis can recover its capacity to further develop its theories about how the mind works.
David Taylor is a Training & Supervising analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society (BPAS). His main job is that of a practicing psychoanalyst. He holds a Visiting Professorship at University College, London, Psychoanalysis Unit and is an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist & Psychotherapist at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust of which he was formerly medical director as well as clinical director of the Tavistock Adult Depression Study (TADS). He wrote the manual for the psychoanalytic psychotherapy tested. A trustee of the Melanie Klein Trust, other roles include chairing the IPA's Clinical Research Committee and Member of the Board & Council of the BPAS. He supervises in Heidelberg and Vienna and has lectured widely. Recent papers include the later work of Bion and the relationship between clinical and empirical forms of inquiry, as well as ongoing studies of depression. Current work includes the relationship between real and ideal objects and the basis of anxiety hysteria.
At the end of the program., participants will be able to:
1) Explain the difficult and necessary task of the mental synthesis of visual forms of perception and verbal thought;
2) Explain how this mental synthesis of visual forms of reception and verbal thought has special relevance in the psychoanalytic treatment of anxiety hysteria;
3) Describe the relevance of these concepts for their clinical work with patients.
Who should attend
The instructional level for this activity is advanced. Mental Health Professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed professional counselors, e.g. LPs, LCATs, and pastoral counselors) and those with an interest in psychodynamic and psychoanalytic thinking and clinical applications.
CFS Members $35
Non-CFS Members $35
Candidates and Students with Valid ID $20
For further information regarding this course, please contact Connie Stroboulis at ConnieS3@aol.com or 732-446-4867.