An Interview with Joshua Fattal
with Dr. Richard Gottlieb
One of the three American “hikers” captured and imprisoned by the Iranian Government, Joshua Fattal was kept in solitary confinement for four months, unable to communicate with anyone but his “interrogators”. He was subsequently held in a cell in the infamous Evin Prison in Tehran for a total of 26 months.
During this interview Fattal will describe his experiences of being captured and imprisoned and of his life following release. Fattal has much to teach us about trauma, resilience, psychic survival, and about the longer term psychic consequences of extreme experiences and how adapting to these have influenced his sense of personal identity, time, place, psychic continuity, and his understanding of others.
New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium