Description: In this presentation, we will explore, from a psychoanalytic point of view, the phenomenon of feeling aggrieved. A sense of grievance and efforts to redress feeling aggrieved can evoke inchoate aggressive responses both from individuals and from groups. But there are occasions where the felt sense of grievance can lead individuals and groups to progressive, assertive, and adaptive behavior. Grievance will be looked at from a granular level towards understanding its power as a behavioral activator. The relationship of envy, “fairness”, self-esteem, self-regard, and omnipotence to an individual’s inclination towards the experience of grievance and their mode of “metabolizing” grievance will be discussed.
Describe the powerful role of grievance as a factor in spawning both anti-social expression of aggression as well as pro-social expressions of assertive behavior.
Analyze the role of narcissistic vulnerability in spawning aggression.
Biography: David Stevens, Ph.D. is a practicing clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst who works with adolescents and adults. He earned his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado and received his psychoanalytic training at the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis where he has been a faculty member for more than twenty-five years, teaching courses on psychoanalytic theory and technique as well as being a Training and Supervising Analyst for the past fifteen years. In addition, he is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center where he teaches psychiatric residents the principles of psychodynamic thought. He is the co-author with Jim Grigsby of the Neurodynamics of Personality published in 2000. He has a longstanding interest in participating in the mutually enriching conversations that can occur at the intersection of psychoanalytic thought and the humanities.
Format: This lecture will take place virtually using Zoom. Remote access information will be emailed to registrants in reminder emails before the event. Please keep your microphone muted during the lecture portion of the evening.
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