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White Society Colloquium: From Silencing to Dialogue: Learning from Interpersonalists

Date: Oct 12, 2018 8:00 pm

Presenter: Donna Orange, PsyD

Moderator:  Roger Frie, PhD

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Silencing and exclusion have a long history in psychoanalysis, dating at least back to Freud’s infamous “This is not psychoanalysis!” directed at Alfred Adler in 1911.  But no group has escaped this tendency to excommunicate, and members of all groups have suffered from it.  Both interpersonalists and self psychologists have been silenced by mainstream psychoanalysis, while we have excluded and silenced each other.  Now we resume dialogue, attempting to heal the wounds of history.  Several of my dialogic teachers have been interpersonalists whom this lecture will gratefully consider.

Donna Orange, PsyD
Educated in philosophy, clinical psychology and psychoanalysis, Donna Orange, PhD, PsyD teaches at NYU Postdoc, IPSS (Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, New York) and in private study groups.  Recent books are Thinking for Clinicians: Philosophical Resources for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the Humanistic Psychotherapies (2010), and The Suffering Stranger: Hermeneutics for Everyday Clinical Practice (2011), Nourishing the Inner Life of Clinicians and Humanitarians: The Ethical Turn in Psychoanalysis (2016), and Climate Justice, Psychoanalysis, and Radical Ethics (2017).  Her next project concerns hearing the voices of those silenced by history, by culture, by ourselves.