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  • 990th scientific program meeting

    Psychoanalytic Reflections on Guilt and Conscience

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013
    8:00 PM

    "Psychoanalytic Reflections on Guilt and Conscience" with
    Dr. Donald Carveth

    Discussant: Dr. Robert Michels

    Donations Accepted

    New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
    247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
    The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium

    Since Freud’s decision to subsume conscience, self-observation and the ego-ideal within the superego, mental conflict between incompatible moral values could only be conceived as intrasystemic conflict. In practice, psychoanalysts seem to have focused primarily upon intersystemic conflict among id, ego and superego, devoting far less attention to conflicting values despite the ubiquity of such conflict both in everyday life and in psychopathology. Though aware of the role of the punitive and tyrannical superego in psychopathology, in other contexts the superego has been viewed as a prosocial rather than an antisocial force, while human destructiveness has been projected onto the beasts and associated with the animal aspect of man. Dr. Carveth will propose recognition of conscience as separate from and frequently in conflict with the superego and capable of judging it.
    DONALD CARVETH is emeritus professor of sociology and social & political thought and a senior scholar at York University in Toronto. He is a training and supervising analyst at the Canadian Institute of Psychoanalysis and current director of the Toronto Institute of Psychoanalysis. After completing a doctorate (1977) comparing and contrasting sociological and psychoanalytic theories of human nature, Dr. Carveth undertook clinical psychoanalytic training, graduating from the Toronto Institute of Psychoanalysis in 1985. With Dr. Eva Lester and others he helped found the Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis/Revue Canadienne de Psychanalyse of which he is a past editor-in-chief. He has published some fifty papers in various academic journals. Over the past decade his work has concentrated on issues of guilt, guilt substitutes, and the differentiation of conscience as a fourth component of the structural theory of the mind. Dr. Carveth is in private practice in Toronto.

    ROBERT MICHELS, M.D. is Walsh McDermott University Professor of Medicine, Cornell University, and University Professor of Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He served as the Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean of Cornell University Medical College and Provost for Medical Affairs of Cornell University from 1991 to 1996, and as the Barklie McKee Henry Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry, Cornell University Medical College, and Psychiatrist-in-Chief of The New York Hospital, Payne Whitney Clinic and Westchester Division from 1974 to 1991. He is a past President of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, past President of the American College of Psychiatrists, past President of the American Association of Chairmen of Departments of Psychiatry, and a former member of the Board on Mental Health and Behavioral Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine. Dr. Michels is a training analyst at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. He served for many years on the Board on Professional Standards of the American Psychoanalytic Association. He is the author of more than 300 scientific articles. Dr. Michels is Deputy Editor of The American Journal of Psychiatry, former Joint Editor-in-Chief of The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, and is or has been a member of the editorial boards ofThe New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, Psychiatry, Psychoanalytic Quarterly, The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, and The Journal of Psychotherapy Practice and Research.

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