Dr Susan Kavaler-Adler, our special guest from New York
Chair: Gisele Domb
This presentation will highlight the themes in Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler's 2014 Karnac book her sixth book in the field, The Klein-Winnicott Dialectic: Transformative New Metapsychology and Interactive Clinical Theory. She will speak about how Klein’s metapsychology of the "death instinct" can be seen as redundant to Klein's profound clinical theory. She will speculate about Klein's needs to hold onto such a metapsychology in terms of how she may have internalized her mother, and in relation to the character of Klein's mother, as revealed through the original letters unearthed by Phyllis Grosskurth.
Dr. Kavaler-Adler will speak of an alternate metapsychology that supports the developmental evolution and clinical use of Klein’s theory of the paranoid-schizoid and depressive positions, which brings Klein’s theory more into a complementary status with the developmental thinking of D. W. Winnicott. She will speak of influence of Winnicott's mother on his theories as well.
Then Dr. Kavaler-Adler will describe the dialectic between Klein’s thinking and that of Winnicott, in relation to the highly relevant use of this dialectic for our daily clinical work. The Klein-Winnicott Dialectic, as her other books, offer both clinical examples and examples from the life and work of such well-known British and American women writers as Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath, Edith Sitwell, and Charlotte Bronte.
A period of discussion will follow Dr. Kavaler-Adler’s talk.
Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, D. Litt, NC psyA is the founder and executive director of the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (ORI) in New York City, where she also serves as a training analyst, senior supervisor and as a faculty member, and has been teaching British and American object relations theory for over 30 years. ORI is a NYS chartered educational institution, which offers training in object relations psychotherapy and psychoanalysis via in-person and virtual programs. For more information on ORI please visit www.orinyc.org.
Dr. Kavaler-Adler has been in private practice as a psychologist and psychoanalyst for 39 years. She practices psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic object relations psychotherapy, and also runs groups for ‘psychotherapy and mourning,’ for supervision, and for ‘writing and creative process.’ Her virtual monthly supervision group is open to those who are residing outside of New York.
Dr. Kavaler-Adler is the author of six books and 60 journal articles and edited book chapters, in the field of psychoanalysis and object relations theory. She is known for her theories of “developmental mourning,” the “demon lover complex,” “psychic regret,” and the “Klein-Winnicott dialectic.”
Her six books are: The Compulsion to Create: A Psychoanalytic Study of Women Artists (Routledge, 1993; Other Press 2000; ORI Academic Press, 2013), The Creative Mystique: From Red Shoes Frenzy to Love and Creativity (Routledge, 1996; ORI Academic Press, 2014), Mourning, Spirituality, and Psychic Change: A New Object Relations View of Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2003, Gradiva® Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis, 2004), The Anatomy of Regret: From Death Instinct to Reparation and Symbolization in Vivid Case Studies (Karnac, 2013), and The Klein-Winnicott Dialectic: Transformative New Metapsychology and Interactive Clinical Theory (Karnac, 2014).
For more information on Dr. Kavaler-Adler’s practice, teaching activities, and publications – please visit www.kavaleradler.com
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