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Obstacles to Oedipal Passion

Many new theoretical and technical developments in psychoanalysis have enhanced understanding of triangular conflicts in the therapeutic encounter. The author argues that, in spite of these advances, the lack of adequate psychoanalytic conceptions of passion has created theoretical and technical barriers to the understanding of love within the oedipal or triangular situation. Individual resistances to recognizing oedipal passions reinforce theoretical rigidities and misunderstandings. The author will illustrate some of the obstacles to understanding oedipal passion with clinical vignettes focused on the interplay of resistances to the expression of passion within analyst and patient.

Nancy Kulish, Ph.D.
Training and Supervising Analyst, Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

Discussant
Marvin Margolis, M.D., Ph.D.
Training and Supervising Analyst, Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

Saturday, December 9, 2006
2:00 p.m.
Farmington Hills