The 2018 Hyman H. Fingert, MD, Memorial Lecture Series

 

AdeleTutterThe thanotics of knowing:

The aggression inherent to analytic process

with Adele Tutter, MD, PhD

Date:  Friday, September 28, 2018   Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Location: At the Institute   8820 Ladue Rd., 3rd Floor,

St. Louis, MO 63124

This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for 1.5 Credit Hours

The acquisition and provision of knowledge is the currency of power and control. The process of analytic exploration and discovery is thus inherently aggressive. The “thanotics of knowing,” counterpart to the previously proposed “erotics of knowing,” describes the dialectics of possession and pursuit, domination and submission and qualities that imbue analytic aims. The very notion of “resistance” to analysis summons a conquest in which the analyst, with some cooperation from the analysand, is hoped to prevail. The inherent power dynamics of the analytic dyad, which are traditionally considered as derived from the rubric of the transference that shapes and colors the resistance, and/or from the “real” position of the analyst as a de facto authority or parental figure, can be alternatively understood as one of the myriad ramifications of the processes of knowing and being known. Implications for the theoretical conceptualization of the libidinal and aggressive drives and the technical handling of the transference are discussed.

Objectives

  1. After attending this lecture, attendees should be able to describe the inherently aggressive aspects of analytic process and their relationship to knowing and being known.
  2. After attending this lecture, attendees should be able to outline the implications of the thanotics of knowing for the understanding of the aggressive drive.
  3. After attending this lecture, attendees should be able to outline the implications of the thanotics of knowing for the technical handling of the transference

Adele Tutter is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University and the coeditor (with Léon Wurmser) of Grief and its Transcendence: Memory, Identity, Creativity.

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