Freud IV: Structural Model and Character
Eric Weitzner, M.D.
December 13, 2017 - March 7, 2018
7:00 - 8:20 PM
Candidates must have at least one case in supervised psychoanalysis to be eligible to take second year courses.
This course will describe the structural model and explain why Freud felt he needed to replace the topographic theory. This theoretical shift led to a major evolution in the technique of psychoanalysis, especially after the development of the concept of signal anxiety in 1926. We will explore how this theoretical change was necessary because of certain theoretical problems associated with the topographic theory as well as technical advances in Freud’s work which preceded his theoretical advance. The two major papers we will study are "The Ego and the Id" and "Inhibition, Symptoms and Anxiety." We will also explore some of Freud's late papers, including his final ideas about infantile and female sexuality, his explication of the defensive operations of negation and splitting, and his last technical work "Analysis, Terminable and Interminable."
No class held 12/27, 2/14
The readings are posted.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1) explain the nature of Freud's final structural model of the mind as he developed the final version of it in the 1920s, the reasons he developed it, and the implications of the model for clinical practice.
2) describe the four danger situations that underlie defense.
Each student's participation in class discussion and his or her demonstration of understanding of the course objectives and reading material is assessed in a written evaluation by the instructor(s).