In Defense of Dissociation and In Defense of Its Undoing

Topic: Back to the Basics: Lecture and Discussion, by Ann Belford Ulanov, MDiv, PhD, LHD
Date: Saturday, April 18th, 2020
Time: 9:30 am to 5 pm
Venue: Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Drive NE, Kenmore, 98028

I. In Defense of Dissociation and In Defense of Its Undoing

The defense of dissociation carries what could kill us. This defense interrupts our going on being yet yields to our tender gratitude for it. Drawing on Jung's prospective function even of our madness, we perceive something more in our psyche's inventive capacity to defend us through dissociating against someone else's erasure of us.

Yet our psyche presses us to undo this defense, to bridge the gap dissociation instantiated. We are pressed to discover the meaning of what has nearly annihilated us and secure its link to meaningfulness that environs our aliveness. Clinical experience with transference and countertransference, with dreams and active imagination conjoins with our psyche's witnessing our terror and its transformation.

II. Projection: Its Many Forms

Projection is as basic to our psyche as breathing is to our body. It establishes a network of relationships to our world and to each other. And, "we always see our unavowed mistakes in our opponent" (CW 8, 507). Left undissolved, the two-way traffic of personal projection can cause divisiveness. If dissolved and related to, projection expands bonds to each other, to our deeper psyche, and to greater reality beyond psyche. Projection of collective material, like archetypes, require not disollution but deposit in cultural forms. With lecture and discussion, we will explore six meanings of projection among psychoanalytic theorists emphasizing Jung's unique contribution to understanding this phenomenon.

Ann Belford Ulanov, M. Div., Ph.D., L.H.D., is the Christine Brooks Johnson Professor Emerita of Psychiatry and Religion at Union Theological Seminary, a psychoanalyst in private practice, a member of the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association, New York City, and the International Association for Analytical Psychology. She co-authored six books with her late husband, Barry Ulanov, including the Healing Imagination. Since his death, she has written numerous books, the latest of which is The Psychoid, Soul and Psyche: Piercing Space-Time Barriers (2017). Dr. Ulanov is the recipient of multiple awards in the field, including the Gradiva Award for the best book in Psychiatry and Religion 2002 from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis, for Finding Space: Winnicott, God, and Psychic Reality and the Oscar Pfister award from the American Psychiatric Association for her work in depth psychology and religion. With an analytic practice in New York City, she lectures nationally and internationally.

This is a Public Professional Event sponsored by JPA for clinicians. Non-clinicians may also attend. Pre-registration is requested because lunch is included in the fee. There will be a pre-registration discount for Jung Society members.

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