Fingert Lecture: Listening for meaning across time.
Presenter: Bonnie Litowitz, Ph.D
Date: Friday, 25 September 2020
7 – 8:30 p.m. via Zoom
Description: Psychoanalysis is known by its sobriquet as the ‘talking cure’, but our technique is actually a mode of listening—“more a function of the ears than the larynx”, as H.S. Sullivan noted. This paper describes how we listen for meanings across time: meanings fixed in the past, evoked in the present; meanings constructed anew in the present; and indeterminate or immanent meanings, to be realized in the future. An argument is presented that our methodology is uniquely able to contribute evidence for the relationship between meaning and time.
Objectives: After attending this lecture, participants will:
1) Identify the changes in psychoanalytic theories and techniques that have altered how we listen to our patients;
2) Learn how changes in meanings provide evidence for the effects of treatment;
3) Recognize specific markers in what patients say that signal potential changes in meaning over the course of treatment.
1) Makari, G. & Shapiro, T. (1993). On psychoanalytic listening: Language and unconscious communication. JAPA 41: 991-1020.
2) Litowitz, B. E. (2014). Coming to terms with intersubjectivity: Keeping language in mind. JAPA 62: 294-312.
3) Wilson, M. (2018). The analyst as listening-accompanist: Desire in Bion and Lacan. Psychoanalytic Quarterly 87: 237-264.