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    Freud, Fliess, and
    “The Androphilic Current”

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012
    8:15 PM

    The 983rd scientific meeting of the New York Psychoanalytic Society (Incorporated March 2, 1911) has invited Dr. Joel Whitebook to present his research on Freud, Fliess, and “The Androphilic Current.”

    Students, academics, and clinical professionals in the analytic community are encouraged to attend. Members of the public are also welcome.

    Open to the Public

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


    Critics of psychoanalysis often take the sheer irrationality of Freud's relationship to Fliess—with its congresses, massive idealizations, nasal surgeries, idea of male menstruation, cocaine use, numerological pseudo-science, and homoerotic passion—as a way of discrediting Freud, and, by implication, discrediting psychoanalysis itself.

    As a study in sublimation, this paper will try to counter this type of thinking. Its goal is to show that a cultural creation like psychoanalysis does not need to be immaculately created to be valid but can emerge from so-called lowly origins. As an example, it will demonstrate how Freud took the image of the amoeba and its pseudopodia, which he discovered while grappling with his intense emotional and sexual feelings for Fleiss, and placed it at the center of his theory of narcissism. He thus took material that was subjective, instinctual, and affect-laden and transformed it into a theory that could claim universal validity.

    Joel Whitebook, Ph.D., is a Faculty Member at Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research as well as Director of Columbia University’s Psychoanalytic Studies Program.

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