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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

Mourning, Awareness of Mortality and Enhancement of Human Subjectivity

Giovanni Minonne, Ph.D.
Adult Analyst and Graduate, Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

Discussant: David R. Dietrich, Ph.D.
Training and Supervising Analyst, Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

Saturday, March 25, 2017 2:00 – 4:00 PM

2 CME and CE Credit Hours
(*$10 per credit hour for non-MPS members)

Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute
32841 Middlebelt Rd.
Farmington Hills

About the presenter:

Dr. Giovanni Minonne is an adult analyst, and a graduate of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. Dr. Minonne is a member of the Faculty and the Director of the Seminar Series Program at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. He is the author of several books in Italian on the topics of conducting research in psychotherapy, the interpretation of meaning in psychotherapy, and a comparison of different therapeutic approaches and training programs for psychotherapy in Italy. Dr. Minonne has a private practice in Ann Arbor, offering psychoanalysis and psychotherapy for adult clients.

Practice Gap/Need and Course Description:

Many physicians, analysts, and therapists do not recognize that patients who are mourning a loss need social support in order to mourn successfully and accept the reality of their loss. Professionals need to recognize that a patient's inability to mourn can be the cause of many serious problems in both their personal and professional life. In this paper, Dr. Minonne will discuss both Freud’s views of mourning, as well as his own thoughts about the need of the mourner for the support of family and community. Dr. Minonne also describes how successful mourning involves recognition of our own mortality and can lead to the enhancement of our subjectivity, vitality, and creativity.

In this paper, Dr. Minonne presents a rich clinical account of his work with a patient who had been unable to mourn the abuse and neglect of his childhood and had developed “an image of wellbeing and …success, while avoiding any real emotional connection.” Dr. Minonne describes how the analysis facilitated the patient’s acceptance of the reality of his childhood, as well as the reality of his mortality, and led to the freeing of this man’s capacity to love and to be emotionally alive.

After attending this presentation, participants will be able to:

1. Identify incomplete mourning in their patients and be more successful at facilitating more complete mourning.
2. Recognize how a patient’s inability to mourn may cause serious problems in their personal and professional life.
3. Recognize the importance of family and community support to their patients who are mourning.