The Chimney Sweep: Reflections about Mutually Caring Relationships

The Chimney Sweep: Reflections about Mutually Caring Relationships

The Chimney Sweep is a wonderful stop-motion animation by Joseph Mann, set high atop an Edinburgh roof. It’s a delightful animated short, but it’s also so very much more than that. The Chimney Sweep quickly and deeply engages the viewer in reflections about issues of developing caring, mutually reciprocal relationships with another. The film quietly provides a gentle illustration of both our needs for the other and the other’s similar wishes, needs for a co-constructed personal involvement that is distinctively characterized by a sense of caring, mutual recognition.

The Chimney Sweep: Reflections about Mutually Caring Relationships

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The Capacity to Be Alone, All by My Self

The Capacity to Be Alone, All by My Self

The psychological capacity to be alone, as opposed to feeling lonely, is said to be the foundation for a sense of the self or of who we are. In addition, it nourishes growth promoting introspective thought, imagination and creativity. The media composition presented here today, which is comprised of photographs, a short film and a photo-gallery, represents the beginning of developing a small composition that portrays the differing experiences of loneliness, solitude and being alone. The piece will be modified each day, with a final set of writings, photographs, a short film and a photo-gallery appearing here by January 1st.

Alone, All by My Self

The Capacity to Be Alone, All by My Self

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Empathy: A Foundation for the Complexities of Love

Empathy, Mutual Recognition and Feelings of Love

I truly hope that readers won’t mind my writing this message that attempts to convey some sense of tranquility. One of the most wonderful opportunities made available and nurtured by writing on the internet is that there arise moments of inspiration which can beget an artistic container enclosing, and a liminal space that relates to, differing personal and public interests with a variety of perspectives. In my case, the art of blogging or writing on the internet evolved or transmuted into a focus upon creative blog composition. My earlier compositions were somewhat lengthy expressions of my understandings of and perspectives on contemporary psychoanalysis, clinical psychology, art, photography, diversity (including the rights of persons in the GLBTTQSA community and other ethnic/minority groups), politics, multimedia and music.

My current blog compositions tend to be short and condensed, but which at the same time embrace several layers of meaning. For example, this composition simply consists of a photograph, this descriptive and interpretive introductory text and a 60-second short-film. A later post might consist of just a single thoughtfully chosen photograph. Regarding this particular composition, in the midst of our current climate of heatedly divisive national political discourse, worrisome economic stressors, environmental and energy concerns and ongoing involvements in international crises, I thought that it might be helpful to offer readers a small oasis, a few moments of thoughtful calm and, perhaps, serenity.

Empathy is a one-minute short film that was a Regional Winner in the 2008 British Academy Film Awards. It is a film of elegant simplicity, which demonstrates how people of different generations can briefly be united by even small gestures of empathic mutual recognition. Empathy reveals how even very young children are capable of showing their passions from an early age. In this short film, the brilliant young actor is able to convey a deeply touching sense of truly heartfelt empathic compassion from which many of today’s adults could well learn.

Empathy: A Foundation for the Complexities of Love

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The Place of Agency and Norms in Psychoanalysis


The Place of Agency and Norms in Psychoanalysis


The Place of Agency and Norms in Psychoanalysis

The present role of agency and norms in the field of psychoanalysis is the topic of this Philoctetes Center Roundtable Discussion, with Jorge L. Ahumada, Akeel Bilgrami, Arnold M. Cooper, Garrett Deckel, Peter D. Kramer, and Bernard Reginster.

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The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis: A David and Goliath Epic

I made a brief reference to The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis in a previous discussion. There is a story of the great perseverence demonstrated by CCP that really needs to be told:

The history of the founding and process of growth for The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis (CCP) is an intriguing and courageous one, with its earlier beginnings traced to a time when the traditional psychoanalytic institutes refused to accept non-M.D. applicants for full clinical training.

CCP was the first free-standing psychoanalytic training institute for psychologists established outside of New York City and Los Angeles. It traces its beginnings to the late 1950s, when a small number of clinical psychologists (all psychotherapists) came together to form a study group for the purpose of deepening their understanding of all aspects of psychoanalysis. This small beginning eventually evolved into what became known as “The Bettelheim Study Group.” This was essentially a clinical case seminar devoted to the psychoanalytic process, and it continued in that format until 1972.

The Study Group set a precedent for the Center, seeking out psychoanalytic educators of eminent national reputations, talent, and accomplishments: teachers such as Thomas French, Heinz Kohut, Michael Serota, Ernest Rappoport, and Edoardo Weiss.

With the emergence of the Division of Psychoanalysis within the American Psychological Association in the late 1970s, several psychologists from Chicago were invited to serve on the Steering Committee of the Division. One of the first orders of business at the Committee’s meeting in New York City was to focus upon the urgency of meeting the organizational and educational needs of psychologists outside of New York City, Los Angeles, and Topeka (at that time, home of the renowned Menninger Clinic).

Those who attended this historic meeting from Chicago were inspired upon their return to do what they could to further the goals of Division 39. Spearheaded by these people, an organizational effort was begun to create a local chapter of Division 39, which came to be known as the Chicago Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology (CAPP). The local chapter of the Division was thus born, dedicated to the development of psychoanalytic education and practice for psychologists.

A variety of programs within the local chapter soon engaged the energies and interests of various clinical psychologists, most of whom became involved in the Center, active as leaders and officers of the local chapter. Early in its existence, CAPP set up a yearly symposium in Chicago that attracted psychoanalytic educators and clinicians from across the country, such as Roy Schafer, Sidney Blatt, Martin Mayman, Rudolf Ekstein, Bruno Bettelheim, Hedda Bolgar and Sydney Smith for all-day workshops and symposia. These events brought out full-capacity, excited audiences and succeeded in sparking the interest of the mental health community in and around Chicago. Attendees included graduate students, social workers, psychiatrists and many clinical psychologists, both from the academic as well as the private practice communities.

In 1982, it became apparent that a more structured and sophisticated model of training was a necessity if clinical psychologists in Chicago were going to join the broader psychoanalytic community of psychologists, since it already had developed, with a reputation of considerable prestige, in New York City where the majority of Division 39 members were concentrated.

With the advice, consultation and guidance of noted psychologist-psychoanalysts from the Los Angeles Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, the Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (New York), The Derner Institute at Adelphi University and the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, a committee of CAPP members convened, taking the first steps in setting up a psychoanalytic institute which was eventually to be known as The Chicago Center for Psychoanalytic Psychology (CCPP).

The initial step was the establishment of a small study group consisting of a carefully selected group of CAPP members who met in a series of seminars presented as an introduction to classical readings in psychoanalysis. This was followed in 1983 and 1984 by a series of intensive weekend seminars held for this study group. In 1990 the name of the Center was changed to The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis, a title more representative of the Center’s function.

The CCP faculty has included nationally and internationally renowned psychoanalytic authors and educators. It is arguable that no other analytic training center or institute in the country has ever had a teaching faculty as esteemed as that of the small CCP program. The faculty members have been the leaders of the classical, post-classical and leading-edge, contemporary relational models of psychoanalysis. It is only fair to pay homage to these distinguished faculty members from across America, who came to offer their wisdom to help transform a small group of psychologist “renegades” into what is now one of the most intellectually intense, free-standing psychoanalytic training programs in the United States.

CCP Faculty Members: 1984-2004

Elizabeth Auchincloss, MD

Virginia Barry, MD

Alan Bass, PhD

Jessica Benjamin, PhD

Harris Berenbaum, PhD

Mark Berger, MD

Bruno Bettelheim, PhD

Dale Boesky, MD

Hedda Bolgar, PhD

Christopher Bollas, PhD

Jennifer Bonovitz, PhD

Maurice Burke, PhD

Fred Busch, PhD

Bertram Cohler, PhD

Jody Davies, PhD

Muriel Dimen, PhD

Darlene Ehrenberg, PhD

Gerald Fogel, MD

Rita Frankiel, PhD

Lucy Freund, PhD

Lawrence Freidman, MD

Paula Fuqua, MD

Glen Gabbard, MD

Lester Gable, MD

Robert Galatzer-Levy, MD

Benjamin Garber, MD

John Gedo, MD

Mark Gehrie, PhD

Merton Gill, MD

Peter Giovacchini, MD

Lorraine Goldberg, PhD

Jay Greenberg, PhD

William Greenstadt, PhD

Meyer Gunther, MD

Irwin Hirsch, PhD

Irwin Z. Hoffman, PhD

Michael Hoit, MD

Marvin Hyman, PhD

Lawrence Joseph, PhD

Donald Kaplan, PhD

Louise Kaplan, PhD

Jerome Kavka, MD

Oliver J.B. Kerner, PhD

Nathan Kravis, MD

Frank Lachmann, PhD

Eli Lane, MD

Ernest Lawrence, PhD

Jonathan Lear, PhD

Robert Leider, MD

Norman Litowitz, MD

Nell Logan, PhD

J. Gordon Maguire, MD

Martin Mayman, PhD

Joyce McDougall, EdD

Stephen Mitchell, PhD

George Moraitis, MD

Dale Moyer, PhD

Kenneth Newman, MD

Donna Orange, PsyD

Edward Owen, MD

Michael Parsons

Fred Pine, PhD

Warren Poland, MD

Joanne Powers, PhD

Ellie Ragland, PhD

Leo Rangell, MD

Moss Rawn, PhD

Owen Renik, MD

Barbara Rocah, MD

Bernard Rubin, MD

Roy Schafer, PhD

Howard Shevrin, PhD

Norma Simon, EdD

Vivian Skolnick, PhD

Ignes Sodre

Donnel Stern, PhD

Nathan Stockhammer, PhD

Harvey Strauss, MD

Frank Summers, PhD

Johanna Tabin, PhD

Richard Telingator, MD

Arnold Tobin, MD

Marian Tolpin, MD

Phyllis Tyson, PhD

Judith Vida, PhD

Jerome Winer, MD

Elisabeth Young-Bruehl, PhD

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