"Further Explorations of Winnicott’s
'Use of the Object'” with Marion Oliner, Ph.D.
Discussant: Josephine Wright, M.D.
After more than 50 years in learning, teaching, practicing and writing about psychoanalysis, Dr. Marion Oliner observes that she has been struck by the need to balance the emphasis on psychic reality, the essence of our science, with a greater awareness of the way in which the senses impact this reality. This presentation represents an outgrowth of her personal experience of massive trauma, the greater understanding of the interplay between the way the unconscious assimilates these experiences, and the emphasis placed by Jacob Arlow and Charles Brenner on the context in which any experience takes place, including the supposedly insulated psychoanalytic session. In Winnicott’s article, with its emphasis on survival, she has found a dynamic approach that is otherwise missing in the literature. This approach stresses the importance of perceiving in the external world objects that have suffered destruction. To Dr. Oliner the emphasis on the survival in real time differs significantly from most of the literature on the subject in which loss appears to be the only sequel to trauma. In this presentation she will explain how this is so and how Winnicott has contributed to her thinking.
2 CME/CE credits offered
New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium