Affect and the Unconcsious: Implications for Theory and Practice with Karen Maroda, Ph.D., ABPP
Due to a respiratory illness, Dr. Maroda has requested this conference be rescheduled from January 19 to Saturday, March 9, 2013. All other details remain intact.
Presented by: Minnesota Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, University of St. Thomas/St. Katherine’s University, Department of Social Work
Two-person theories of psychoanalysis increasingly define therapeutic action as an emotional event between patient and analyst, occurring in the here and now. Each therapeutic dyad is considered unique, with little emphasis placed on the past. To many people this emphasis presents a distinct diminishment of the role of both personal history and the unconscious. However, recent neuroscience findings offer a bridge between the notion of existing patterns of responding to others (transference and countertransference) and the more popular notion of new experience in the analytic dyad. The research suggests that the term “unconscious” needs to be redefined, e.g. reconceived as levels of consciousness, but that the process of change is deeply connected to both the past and present. Analyst and patient can benefit from a greater understanding of how affective experiences from the past are re-lived, altered, and then restored to unconscious processing. More Information