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Obstacles to Love (Lecture)

  • October 06, 2017
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Montview Blvd Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia Street, Denver, CO 80220
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Featuring Judy L. Kantrowitz, PhD 


This paper describes obstacles to loving within my patients, myself, and between us and how and to what extent these obstacles are and are not overcome in the course of analytic work. The aspect of love I am considering is intimacy, love as an appreciation of the other person as separate from oneself. I will discuss some underlying intrapsychic difficulties that interfere with loving and illustrate how they get played out in analysis . I will focus most specifically on the difficulties created by projection and problems in affect regulation. I will offer two manifestly contrasting clinical examples. One patient freezes affect and the other floods. Their difficulty with affect regulation stir different challenges for me. The work I will present took place decades ago, but what I learned about myself has had a longlasting effect. In facing the limits of our tolerance, we stretch ourselves but also face and remember what it is like to encounter feelings that are more than we can bear.

Judy L. Kantrowitz, PhD is a training and supervising analy
st at the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute and a Clinical Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School.. She is the author of three books, The Patient's Impact on the Analyst (1996) ; Writing about Patients: responsibilities, risks, and ramifications,(2006) and  Myths of Termination: what patients can teach analyst about endings (2014) and papers on the patient -analyst match and outcome of psychoanalysis and others on Impasses in analysis. She has served three times on the Editorial Board s of JAPA and is currently on the board of The Psychoanalytic Quarterly.  She is in private practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy in Brookline, MA.


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Certificates of attendance only.  No CME credits are provided.

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