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Scientific Meeting – Our Theory Is Us: A Contribution to Clinical Psychoanalytic Theory

Scientific Meeting - Our Theory Is Us: A Contribution to Clinical Psychoanalytic Theory

Presenter: Howard E. Gorman MD, PhD, FRCP(C)

Discussant: Kaspars Tuters MD, FRCP(C)

Wednesday, March 27, 2019: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm (no break)

Open to all.

This presentation will examine how Freud’s historically understandable but mistaken attempt to make psychoanalysis a classical, objective, Newtonian science deprived all analyts of a way, within psychoanalytic theory, to conceptualize, legitimize and share their uniqueness as psychoanalytic practitioners. This attempt also obscured a clearer theoretical understanding of the proper logical context to view both the wellspring of clinical, analytic insights and general psychoanalytic theory. Ironically, it is Freud’s own discoveries of countertransference and Primary Process functioning that will become the vehicles for clarification.

This presentation introduces the concept of Elaborative Truth as a way to address Freud’s approach and to give analytic practitioners a conceptual vehicle within psychoanalytic clinical theory to redress it.

The paper will be put on the site for prior reading so that the actual presentation can be more casual in nature, leaving room for more extensive discussion.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this presentation participants will be able to:

  1. Contextualize Freud’s intention to make psychoanalysis a classical science, and the clinical and theoretical problems this created.
  2. Understand how the theoretical concept of Elaborative Truth can address these clinical and theoretical problems.
  3. Understand the use of Elaborative Truth in clarifying to what degree psychoanalysis can be considered a science.
Howard E. Gorman MD, PhD, FRCP(C)

TPS&I Guest. Consultant psychiatrist at Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Supervision of psychoanalytic psychotherapy for psychiatric resident as part of their psychiatric training.

Kaspars Tuters MD, FRCP(C)

Psychoanalyst in Private Practice. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto; Fellow, British Psychoanalytical Society. Faculty, TPS&I.

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