October 15, 2018 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
141 Herrick Rd
Newton, MA 02459
Lauren Lukason
617-266-0953 x107




A Beholder’s Share: The Pleasures and Perils of Imagination

A secularly educated woman with no history of mental illness claims to have deeply meaningful experiences of “feeling God’s presence.” How might we understand her experience? Can we even describe it without foisting beliefs upon it?

In this talk, Dodi Goldman presents a sample of psychoanalytic work to ask: What happens when there are serious clashes of belief between patient and analyst? Exploring the pleasures and perils of imagination, he suggests that reality and imagination, though usually thought of as opposites, make necessary, if uneasy, bedfellows. Building on Winnicott’s view of psyche as “arising out of the imaginative elaboration of body functioning,” he wonders if our sense of reality might be evoked in the unpredictable space between imagination and adaptation. While fantasy creates versions of what is already known, imagination allows what seems familiar to be seen afresh.


Registration information will be forthcoming.



Dodi Goldman, PhD (Presenter) is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the William Alanson White Institute and former Book Review Editor of Contemporary Psychoanalysis. He is the author of In Search of the Real: The Origins and Originality of D.W. Winnicott. His most recent collection of essays, A Beholder’s Share was published last year by Routledge. Dodi has a private practice in Manhattan and Great Neck, New York.

Karen Melikian, PhD (Moderator) is on the Faculty of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and the Armenian Psychological Association.  She is a supervising social worker at the McLean Hospital Children’s Programs and the 2017 recipient of the Arthur R. Kravitz Award for Community Action and Humanitarian Contributions.


Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Review the place of imagination in psychoanalytic theory.
  2. Discuss the complex relationship between apperception, perception and imagination.
  3. Explain the difference between fantasy and imagination.
  4. Apply two approaches to dealing with clashes of belief between clinician and patient in psychoanalytic treatment.



Goldman, D. (2017). A Beholder’s Share: Essays on Winnicott and the Psychoanalytic Imagination. New York: Routledge. [Available upon request from the library.]
Kandel, E. (2012). The Age of Insight: The quest to understand the unconscious in art, mind and brain. New York: Random House.
Abram, J. (Ed.). (2013). Donald Winnicott Today. New York, Routledge. [Available upon request from the library.]
Ogden, B. & Ogden, T. (2013). The Analyst’s Ear and the Critic’s Eye: Rethinking psychoanalysis and literature. New York: Routledge. [Available upon request from the library.]


8:00pm-8:10pm: Welcome and Introductions; 8:10pm-9:00pm: Paper presentation by Dodi Goldman; 9:00pm – 9:30pm: Audience Q&A and Discussion moderated by Karen Melikian.


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This program will be of interest to the general public, graduate students in the areas of psychology, social work, and the humanities, and mental health clinicians at all levels of training.
Continuing Education
Information about Continuing Education credits will be posted as that information becomes available.

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