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.
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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.
At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:
- Review the place of imagination in psychoanalytic theory.
- Discuss the complex relationship between apperception, perception and imagination.
- Explain the difference between fantasy and imagination.
- Apply two approaches to dealing with clashes of belief between clinician and patient in psychoanalytic treatment.
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.
Information about Continuing Education credits will be posted as that information becomes available.
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