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Contemporary Freudian Society

Envy of the Feminine: A Case Presentation with Discussion

One Session Program (2 Contact Hours)

Presenters: Presenter: Marie Murphy, MSW, BCD and Discussants: Justine Kalas Reeves, DPsych and Michael Krass, PhD
Date: Friday, April 3, 2020
Location: School of International Service, American University, Founders' Room
Time: 7:00-9:00pm

Gerald Fogel wrote that, “deprived of his feminine parts, a man is castrated, compromised, less than whole” (1998, p. 695). This program will investigate the ways destructive envy of the containing function motivates what John Steiner (2019) refers to as the ‘denigration and repudiation of the feminine’ as embodied in sexual and psychological violence by males toward females. That is, the assault of a female’s mind by way of sexual invasion is a type of projective identification, a hateful impingement on the containing function of the feminine other in order to cannibalize it and leave it damaged or decimated.

The analytic treatment of a misogynistic man whose mind is organized around fantasies of testicular damage will be discussed from this perspective. From this case, the speakers will seek to draw conclusions about some of the psychic underpinnings of male sexual and psychological violence towards females.

Despite recently heightened awareness of sexual intrusions into the bodies and minds of girls and women, the role of envy of the containing function in motivating sexual and psychological violence by males toward females remains under-appreciated.  This program will seek to address this gap in thinking about this issue.  In addition, this patient’s assaults on other people’s minds serves to protect him from his terrible conflict of wanting warmth and attunement yet fearing such contact could cause him further helplessness and shame.

The Speakers

Marie Murphy, Justine Kalas Reeves and Michael Krass are members of a Contemporary Freudian Society (CFS) study group that has been thinking together and presenting at conferences for several years on the nature of and the technical challenges in facing impingements on the analyst’s containing function, on the capacity to think analytically in the face of internal and external challenges to doing so. To this end, they have co-led the discussion group A Hall of Mirrors: Impingements on the Analyst’s Containing Function at the American Psychoanalytic Association Annual Meetings for the past five years.

Marie Murphy is a supervising and training analyst with CFS.  She is on the faculty of the CFS-Psychoanalytic Training Program and is the Director of the training institute’s Washington, DC program.  She presents both nationally and internationally on a variety of topics and is very interested in the study of the impingements on the containing function of the analyst, in the comparative study of the concepts of Bion and Winnicott, in Ferro, Civitarese and Italian field theory, and in primitive mental states. She has a private practice of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy with adults in Bethesda, Maryland.

Justine Kalas Reeves is a child, adolescent and adult psychoanalyst in Woodley Park.  She teaches at CFS and the Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis.  She is Secretary of the Association for Child Psychoanalysts.  She is on the curriculum and faculty committees of CFS, and is very excited about the integrated child/adult psychoanalytic training of CFS. She has presented at IPA, APsaA and at the Anna Freud Centre.  She has chapters in the forthcoming Parent Work Casebook published by IP Books and Finding the Piggle: Reconsidering D. W. Winnicott’s Most Famous Child Case published by Phoenix.  She has written on technique as well as the history of child psychoanalysis.

Michael Krass is a supervising and training analyst with the CFS, where he is also a vice president of the board.  He teaches in the CFS-Psychoanalytic Training Institute, is a Clinical Assistant Professor at George Washington University and has taught at the Washington School of Psychiatry. In addition to his work studying impingements on the analytic container, he has presented papers at local, national and international conferences, as well as leading an ongoing APsaA discussion group on the impact of the neurobiology of autism on unconscious fantasy.  He also writes about the psychodynamics of creativity and about the analyst’s use of reverie.  He has a practice of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy with adults and psychotherapy with children in Falls Church, VA and Washington, DC.

Learning Objectives:

After attending this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify in their patients unconscious motivations for misogynistic attitudes
  2. Use a deeper understanding of the unconscious motivations for misogyny to inform clinical interventions less affected by countertransference reactions
  3. Use a deeper understanding of the unconscious motivations for misogyny to manage judgmental and other counter-therapeutic reactions so as to increase empathy for those exhibiting it.
Continuing Education Contact Hours:

Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society, and The Contemporary Freudian Society. MedChi is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. MedChi designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  Partial participation in this program is contra-indicated.  The Contemporary Freudian Society is authorized by MedChi to grant CMEs for this program.  Upon completion of this program and online survey, participants will be granted certificates for 2 AMA PRA Category 1 credits.

Psychologists: The Contemporary Freudian Society is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The Contemporary Freudian Society maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  CE credits are granted to participants with documented attendance of the entire program and completed evaluation form.  It is the responsibility of the participants seeking CE credits to comply with these requirements.  Upon completion of this program and evaluation form, participants will be granted 2 CE credits.  

Social Workers: The Social Work Boards of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia will grant continuing education credits to social workers attending a program offered by an APA authorized sponsor, provided they comply with the requirements stated above for Psychologists.

Professional Counselors:  The Boards of Professional Counselors in the District of Columbia and Virginia will accept continuing education credits for Counselors attending a program offered by an APA-authorized sponsor, provided they comply with the requirements stated above for psychologists.  The Board of Professional Counselors in Maryland will accept CE credits granted by a program that is recognized by the Maryland Board of Examiners for Psychologists and Social Workers.

Who should attend

The instructional level for this activity is advanced.


CFS Members $50
Non-CFS Members $75
Candidates and Students with Valid ID $25
No Refunds
For further information regarding this course, please contact Connie Stroboulis at or 732-446-4867.
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