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Stage Fright - Shame on You!

Presenter: Julie Jaffee Nagel, Ph.D.
Associate Faculty, Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

Discussant: Jean-Paul Pegeron, M.D.
Lecturer, Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

Saturday, January 30, 2016
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
Psychoanalytic clinicians are frequently unaware of the depth of the psychological issues at play when dealing with patients suffering from performance related anxiety. The developmental roots of shame run deep. These dynamics are evident in performance anxiety (stage fright) and derive from both pre-oedipal sources (shame, humiliation, embarrassment) and oedipal sources (competition, guilt, envy, jealousy, etc.). The recognition of the complexity of the interplay of life-long issues when faced with performing has not been explored sufficiently. This presentation will fill that gap.

After attending this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Identify shame dynamics in inhibition of performance;
  • Identify early life experiences that contribute to stage fright;
  • Describe the role of depth psychology in resolving performance anxiety.

About the presenter: Dr. Nagel, a graduate of Juilliard, University of Michigan and Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute, practices psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in Ann Arbor. Her book, Melodies of the Mind, was published by Routledge in 2013.