Cordelia Schmidt-Hellerau, PhD, will discuss her new book Driven to Survive: Selected Papers on Psychoanalysis (IP Books, 2018). “This is a sharp, courageous, innovative and highly documented exploration of one of the most problematic, unsolved and disputed areas inside freud’s theory: preservative drives, in between life and death drives. Cordelia Schmidt-Hellerau develops here a revolutionary approach to the topic, involving an unexpected, substantive metapsychological revision, a subsequent remarkable change of clinical perspective, and a further reconsideration of many cultural assumptions which are connected with this new vision. A convincing proposal about a theoretical “shibboleth” that played for decades and still plays a divisive role in the psychoanalytic community” ~ Stefano Bolognini, IPA Past President.
About the Author: Cordelia Schmidt-Hellerau, PhD, studied literature, philosophy and psychology in Heidelberg and Zürich, where she worked as a university professor for clinical psychology. She is a training and supervising analyst at the Swiss Psychoanalytic Society and at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. Her areas of expertise are metapsychology, in particular drive theory, its clinical application, and applied psychoanalysis of creative processes. She is the author of two books and over 40 articles, published in many languages, and edited a Freud Reader and two collections of Short Stories. Currently she is the Chair of the IPA in Culture Committee. She works in private practice in Chestnut Hill.
Time: 7:00pm – special Lora Tessman’s reception, 8:00pm – discussion, 9:00 – book signing. Click here to register.
PLEASE NOTE: the reception on Oct 2 will also celebrate Lora Tessman’s 90th birthday. Dr. Tessman is a renowned psychoanalyst with a long standing interest in comparing nuances of intrapsychic dynamics in the treatment process with different populations. Her books The Analyst’s Analyst Within (2013) and Children of Parting Parents (1978) remain most popular among our readers.