The Essential Facts of Life

Instructor:  Bernard Feinberg, MD

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Dates: Wednesdays, Mrch 21, 28, April 4, 2018

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Institute Classroom A 8820 Ladue Rd., 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO 63124

Course Level:  Advanced

Fee: $150

This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for: 4.5 Credit Hours

According to Money-Kyrle, there are aspects of reality a person must recognize in order to lead an engaged and creative life.  He describes them poetically as: ‘the recognition of the breast as a supremely good object, the recognition of the parents’ intercourse as a supremely creative act, and the recognition of time and ultimately death.’  This course will show how the misrepresentation of these essential facts impede a person’s development. It will attempt to demonstrate how a grasp of these facts can be applied interpretively by the analyst and analytically informed psychotherapist to work through impasses in treatment.

Prerequisites:  A previous Community Education course in Kleinian theory, the course in contemporary Kleinian theory and technique in the Institute’s analytic curriculum, or the equivalent.


  1. The student will be able to explain the symbolic meaning of the concrete terms “breast” and “intercourse”.
  2. The student will be able to describe the hazard of misrepresenting oneself as the source of goodness.
  3. The student will be able to identify clinical situations in which the failure to accept the independent creativity of others has become an obstacle to a creative and beneficial interaction with the psychotherapist.


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