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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

Reel Deal - Loving

Reel Deal - Lovingspacer

An exploration of being mixed: mind, body and spirit

Sunday, October 8, 2017
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Bloomfield Township Library
1099 Lone Pine Road
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48302
(corner of Telegraph & Lone Pine Road)

Psychoanalytic Discussant: Paula Kliger, PhD

Cinematic Discussant: Loretta Polish, PhD

The film “Loving” is widely available for streaming. Film clips will illustrate the discussions.

“A story well told which allows a brief, believable window into the lives of Richard and Mary Loving, two people who changed the country by falling in love.” -- Roger Ebert

“The film, starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga as the couple, has received some of the year’s best reviews for its deliberate restraint. There are few movies that speak to the American moment as movingly — and with as much idealism.” --Manohla Dargas, NY Times

“A strong performance can smash through that complacency with a force akin to love, reminding us that the odd, idiosyncratic, the irreducible individual still has a place in our standardized world. We quickly discover that we’ve never seen anyone like this before.” --A.O.Scott, NY Times

Practice Gap:

Many mental health professionals do not understand what “interracial” or “mixed” marriage means and the historical, cultural and nationalistic attitudes and conflicts that have cultivated miscegenation and its laws. Participants have not developed the ability to characterize and interpret the complex defenses that patients utilize when conflicted about their own and others’ mixed identities and interpersonal attachments.

Upon completion of this activity:

  • Participants will be able to describe what “interracial” or “mixed” marriage means, and the historical, psychosocial, cultural and nationalistic attitudes, and conflicts that have cultivated ‘miscegenation” and its laws.
  • Participants will be able to characterize and interpret the complex defenses that emerge in patients conflicted about their own and others’ mixed identities and interpersonal attachments.
  • Participants will be able to analyze and question their own attitudes, historical experiences and perspectives to broaden their view on interracial or multicultural marriage, and relationships in general.