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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

Free Associations: Which Ones Count?

The objective of this presentation will be to demonstrate the often unappreciated importance of our uncertainty about the specific methodology we use in understanding the associations of our patients. Since meaning is capable of infinite over-determination, the methodology by which the analyst arrives at conjectures about latent meaning from the manifest associations of the patient has always been the weakest link of psychoanalysis. This paper situates one of the major causes of this confusion in our failure to clarify explicitly our methods for contextualizing associations. A recent case report and ensuing discussion between Dr. Ilany Kogan, Dr. Charles Brenner and Dr. Dale Boesky will be used to illustrate the origin of one such disagreement that arose because of substantially different methods of contextualization of the associations of the patient by the presenters.

Dale Boesky, M.D. is a Supervising and Training Analyst at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute.  He is the author of "Psychoanalytic Disagreements in Context."


Discussant: Michael Shulman, Ph.D.
Faculty, Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

September 29, 2007
2:00 - 4:00 PM
2.0 CME and CE Credit Hours
Farmington Hills