White Society Colloquium: The Psychoanalyst As Inn-Keeper and Interlocutor
Presenter: Mitchell Wilson, MD
What is the basic structure of the psychoanalytic encounter? The “Psychoanalyst is an Inn-Keeper” proposes that analysis partakes of the centuries' old practice of a traveler visiting a proprietor who then listens to the story of the traveler’s journey. Care-taking and speaking are the two central features of this common yet invariably strange encounter.
Mitchell Wilson, MD is the Editor-in-Chief (2019) of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. Dr. Wilson has published widely on a variety of topics that cohere around a theory of ethics, desire, and the psychoanalytic process. He is currently working on a book project, “The Analyst’s Desire and the Ethical in Psychoanalysis.” He is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, and a Personal and Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California. He is in private practice and leads study groups in Berkeley, CA.