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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

Is Envy a Bad Feeling?

Jonathan Lear, Ph.D.
The John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor
Committee on Social Thought
Department of Philosphy, University of Chicago
Faculty, Chicago Institute of Psychoanalysis

Discussant: Dushyant Trivedi, M.D.
Lecturer, Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

Saturday, February 9, 2013
2:00 – 4:00 PM
2 CME and CE Credit Hours

NOTE LOCATION: Depression Center Auditorium, Rachel Upjohn Building
4250 Plymouth Road
Ann Arbor (1 mile east of US-23, on SE corner of Plymouth and Earhart Road, on U-M’s E. Medical Campus. Enter via back or south door)

Practice Gap/Need and Course Description
The concept of envy was introduced by Melanie Klein as important in the psychoanalytic understanding of certain aspects of the human condition. This paper provides a contribution to the understanding of envy by challenging the long held idea that envy can be distinguished from jealousy by identifying its interpersonal structure (envy was alleged to be dyadic, while jealousy was triadic). This two hour program offers an opportunity to expand the original concept and a discussion to explore clinical implications. At the conclusion of this two hour program, participants will be able to DEMONSTRATE:

1. Appreciation of the importance in differentiating a jealous transference from an envious one, despite the complexities that result when recognizing that jealousy can be dyadic and envy can be triadic.

2. Understanding the clinical implications when envy and jealousy are no longer distinguished by identifying the content of clinical phantasies or harmfulness of the effect.

3. Awareness of the transference-countertransference implications when broadening a concept such as envy psychoanalytically and philosophically.

About the presenter: Jonathan Lear is the John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor in the Committee on Social Thought and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Chicago. He is on the faculty at the Chicago Institute of Psychoanalysis and the Western New England Psychoanalytic Institute, and a member of the Ethics Committee at the American Psychoanalytic Association. His books include: Love and Its Place in Nature: A Philosophical Interpretation of Freudian Psychoanalysis; Freud; Open Minded: Working Out the Logic of the Soul; Therapeutic Action: An Earnest Plea for Irony; A Case for Irony; Aristotle: the Desire to Understand; and Radical Hope: Ethics in the Face of Cultural Devastation. He is currently a recipient of the Andrew Mellon Foundation Distinguished Achievement Award.