December 14, 2016
"Winnicott’s Gender Madness" with Adrienne Harris, Ph.D.
This presentation begins with an examination of a vignette which appears briefly in Playing and Reality. Winnicott is treating a middle aged man in analysis and one day, unexpectedly says to the patient, ‘I hear a girl, I know there is a man on the couch but I hear a girl.’ The patient startled says to Winnicott that if he know about the girl, he would think the patient was ‘mad.’ Winnicott answers that it is he that is ‘mad.’
Dr. Harris will explore the meaning for Winnicott of this kind of madness, its connection to fear of breakdown and early relatedness. She will also explore questions of gender development, gender, sexuality and subjectivity, linking Winnicott’s work here to the ideas of Laplanche, Loewald and others.
New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium