Arrogance as a Prominent Trait in Children and Adolescents
Ann G. Smolen, Ph.D.
Helen Meyers Traveling Psychoanalytic Scholar Award 2016-2017
Training and Supervising Analyst in child, adolescent and adult psychoanalysis at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia
Discussant: Lorrie Chopra, M.S.
Associate Faculty, Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute
Saturday, October 14, 2017
2:00 – 4:00 PM
*2 CME and CE Credit Hours
Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute
32841 Middlebelt Rd.
About the presenter:
Dr. Smolen has won several national awards for her clinical work, which she has presented both nationally and internationally. Dr. Smolen has published several articles including “Boys Only! No Mothers Allowed,” published in The International Journal of Psychoanalysis and translated into three languages. Dr. Smolen is the author of Mothering Without a Home: Representations of Attachment Behaviors in Homeless Mothers and Children (Aronson, 2013), and Six Children: The Spectrum of Child Psychopathology and Its Treatment (Karnac, 2015). She maintains a private practice in child, adolescent, and adult psychotherapy and psychoanalysis in Ardmore, PA.
Practice Gap/Need and Course Description:
It has not been widely discussed that arrogance as a presenting problem is not common in children and adolescents. Dr. Smolen will discuss her work with several cases where these dynamics were present. She will describe how, in each case, the parents’ lack of emotional availability for and attunement to their child contributed greatly to the development of this symptom. In addition, she will discuss the challenge of dealing with one’s own counter transference reactions to these young patients.
After attending this presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Recognize that arrogance in children and adolescents is a defense against overwhelming affect, which results from the emotional unavailability of parents.
2. Identify that professionals who work with arrogant children and adolescents need to learn to tolerate their own negative feelings for these children in order to help them.