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"You Can Have Your Opinion": An Alternative Perspective on Interpretation from Infant Research - Alexandra Harrison, M.D.

Alexandra Murray Harrison, M.D. (Cambridge, MA)
Training and Supervising Analyst
Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute Discussant

Jonathan Sugar, M.D.
Lecturer, Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

Dr. Harrison will present an alternative perspective on the change process in psychoanalysis through focusing on the specific meaning making activity of interpretation at different points in the analytic treatment of a young boy.  Using a developmental model derived from infant research, and using the tools of videotape analysis and microanalysis, Dr. Harrison will demonstrate how the "local level"- or moment to moment- process is framed by the level of language and symbolic thought, and how conceptual and technical tools from infant research complement an analytic understanding of the process of change.  Interpretations from the first analytic hour, from four months in the analysis, six months, and one and one half years into the analysis, will be presented in verbal transcript and videotape, and discussed from the point of view of the meaning making process in both symbol and language, and in moment to moment nonverbal communication.

Saturday, May 12, 2007
2:00 P.M. 

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