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    Reflections on the Absence of Morality in Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013
    8:30 PM

    "Reflections on the Absence of Morality in Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice" with Elio Frattaroli

    NOTE: This event will take place in the LOWER LIBRARY of the Institute.

    Donations Accepted

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


    In a recently published paper addressing ... boundary violations, Coen (2013) proposes that “The optimal superego stance for the analyst at work is to use himself ...in the service of helping his patients. To do so, the analyst needs to be overseen guided, criticized, restrained, praised and loved by his superego...He needs to be convinced that he will not act on his temptations because of his ethical, loving stance toward himself and toward his patient.” ...Elio Frattaroli (2013) argues that Coen’s concept of an overseeing, guiding, criticizing, restraining, praising, ethical, loving agency in the mind of the analyst, is a radically new concept, quite different from the superego. The superego’s rules and prohibitions ... are internalized primarily out of fear and operate for the most part unconsciously—as conditioned responses—to restrict our behavior and ... consciousness. Coen’s agency... is an autonomous unconditioned center of consciousness and moral discernment that is motivated by love, respect and compassion for the patient and for ourselves and that expands consciousness and ...free moral choice. Although many analysts routinely work from this higher self-reflective, morally discerning level of consciousness ... very few analysts ... speak openly and directly about it, because it implies an innate sense of morality—a “knowledge of good and evil”— suggesting something spiritual or transcendent .... Frattaroli will argue that this higher morally discerning consciousness has always been the implicit, unspoken center of our theory and practice—the indispensable key to the recognition and resolution of inner conflict—but that psychoanalysts have ... felt ... averse to acknowledging our moral center. ... Freud’s analysis of Dora is an ...example of how one can use our amoral theory to rationalize .. immoral boundary-violating behavior. Frattaroli discusses these ideas and speculates on how the disavowed moral values of psychoanalysts have operated unconsciously throughout our history to generate a relentless divisiveness that is ostensibly about theory or politics but is really about our ideas of good and evil.
    ELIO FRATTAROLI is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. He is on the faculty of the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia, where he teaches both psychoanalytic candidates and psychotherapy students. He has a full-time private practice of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy with adults, adolescents and couples in Bala Cynwyd, PA. Among other honors, he has been selected as one of Philadelphia Magazine's "Top Docs" in psychiatry. Dr. Frattaroli studied Shakespeare at Harvard and trained with Bruno Bettelheim at the University of Chicago before turning to medicine. He has written and lectured widely on topics including Shakespeare, Bettelheim, Buddhism, Freud and Jung, neuroscience and psychoanalysis, the mind-body problem and free will, and American culture before and after 9/11. His book, Healing the Soul in the Age of the Brain: Becoming Conscious in an Unconscious World (hardcover title), was first published on September 10, 2001. You can contact Dr. Frattaroli through his website: www.healingthesoul.net

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guidance • support • stress • anxiety • depression • conflict • hyperactivity • identity disorders • socialization • self-esteem •