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CLINICAL EDUCATION MEETINGS - THE ANALYST'S ACHILLES' HEELS: OWNING AND OFFSETTING THE IMPACT OF OUR INTRINSIC FLAWS

Date: Feb 5, 2019 10:00 am
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CLINICAL EDUCATION MEETINGS - 9/25/2018

WILLIAM A WHITE INSTITUTE
CLINICAL EDUCATION MEETINGS
TUESDAYS 10-11:30
ROOM 3A

February 5th, 2019

Margaret Crastnopol, Ph.D.
THE ANALYST'S ACHILLES' HEELS: OWNING AND OFFSETTING THE IMPACT OF OUR INTRINSIC FLAWS

Every analyst has an “Achilles’ heel” that can remain unrecognized, underappreciated, or disavowed. These pervasive shortcomings—being too distractible, overly reactive, affectively detached, and the like—can be of cognitive, emotional, behavioral, or temperamental origin. Unlike countertransference reactions specific to a particular dyad, these personal weaknesses in the clinician can emerge in various forms throughout his or her clinical work, where they affect the analytic relationship in complex ways. Attempting to destigmatize the analyst’s flaws, this presentation draws on the psychoanalytic literature as well as the presenter’s personal experience, to articulate an approach to dealing with whatever counterproductive effects one’s inherent weaknesses might engender.