The Analytic Relationship and the Dialogue of Unconsciouses
Presented by Anthony Bass, PhD
April 28, 2012; 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
NIP; 250 West 57th Street, Suite 501; NYC
This workshop will explore the nature of the psychoanalytic relationship in depth, using Ferenczi’s concept of a "dialogue of unconsciouses" as a point of departure for the experience. We will deepen our grasp of unconscious dimensions of psychoanalytic relating through our engagement with difficult analytic moments that workshop participants will be invited to offer. Participants will have an opportunity to share their work with patients with whom they have found themselves to be unusually intensely involved: that is, with patients who have evoked especially intense reactions in their therapist. This might include patients who are found to be particularly affectively arousing or disturbing to their therapist: patients about whom one dreams at night, or becomes preoccupied by day, or who evoke anxious or counter-resistive responses, such as fighting sleep, or falling asleep or becoming bored; patients who arouse their analyst to anger or disgust or shame or sexual or other body experiences that may feel ego dystonic within the psychoanalytic situation.
These analytic moments that are often at the heart of enactments in psychoanalytic work provide special opportunities for gaining access to the ways in which the unconscious life of patient and analyst emerge and interact in the work, creating special challenges and special opportunities for deepening the work. Participants are invited to come to the workshop prepared to share some clinical process from their own practices as a way of exploring the unconscious experience at the heart of the therapeutic work.
Anthony Bass, PhD, is on the faculty of the New York University Postdoctoral Program for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, where he was formerly the chairperson of the Relational Track, the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, the NIP National Training Program, the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia, and the Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies, for which he also serves as President. He is the Joint Editor in Chief of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and a founding and current board director of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He has lectured and leads clinical workshops and study groups widely throughout the United States and Europe.