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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

Anniversary Reactions: Historical Overview and Clinical Relevance

Jon Markey, M.D.
Graduate, Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

Discussant: Mayer Subrin, M.D.
Training and Supervising Analyst, Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

Case studies taken from the clinical practice of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy contain numerous descriptions of the psychological responses an individual may experience on or near the anniversary of a psychologically significant event.  These time related psychological responses have been termed anniversary reactions.  Anniversary reaction phenomena can be explored and conceptualized in psychoanalytic terms from a pre-structural hypothesis perspective.  A review of the literature on anniversary reactions and clinical case descriptions will facilitate this exploration and suggest current relevance of the topographic model in clinical practice.

Saturday, February 11, 2006  
2:00 pm 
4448 East Hall Building, University of Michigan
(Corner of Church Street and South University Avenue)
Ann Arbor