How can we work constructively with individuals who cannot bear the vulnerability of desiring, and who, as they begin to “care” or to “love,” find their feelings escalating to proportions that feel unbearable and unmanageable and who, when they “care” and “love” feel so desperate and so vulnerable that they behave in ways that seem to be anything but “caring” or “loving.” Rather, they become demanding, possessive, and tyrannical; and if they feel hurt or frustrated, they often become consumed with uncontrollable rage. Detailed clinical process of analytic work with such patients will be presented.
Dr. Darlene Ehrenberg is author of The Intimate Edge: Extending the Reach of Psychoanalytic Interaction (W. W. Norton and Company, Inc., 1992). She is in private practice in New York City, where she serves as Training and Supervising Analyst and Teaching Faculty at the William Alanson White Institute; Supervising Analyst and Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at The New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis; and Faculty at the Mitchell Center for Psychoanalysis as well as other psychoanalytic institutes. Dr. Ehrenberg also serves on the editorial board of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and as associate editor for Psychoanalytic Dialogues and consulting editor for Psychoanalytic Inquiry. She is currently working on two new books, on the intergenerational transmission of trauma and on issues of desire and therapeutic action.
The program begins at 6:00 pm with a cocktail reception. Dinner is served at 6:30 pm and the featured speaker addresses attendees from 7:30 pm, with discussion following the talk.