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									                    THE DENVER PSYCHOANALYTIC SOCIETY
        AT THE UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO DENVER - SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
                                                 &
            THE GRADUATE SCHOOL OF PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
                       AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DENVER
                                  2008-2009 LECTURE SERIES



                              Empathizing with Oedipus:
                   The Self Psychological Treatment of the Neuroses
                                 Richard Geist, Ed.D.
                                      Friday evening
                                   May 1, 2009, 7:30 p.m.
                      Boettcher Auditorium at the University of Denver
                              Building #51, 2050 E. Iliff Street
                                This meeting is free and open to anyone
                                      interested in mental health.




        While self psychologists have pondered the theoretical relevance of the Oedipus complex
for many years, few have examined how we respond clinically to “oedipal” sounding material in
the consulting room. In supervising and teaching analytic candidates and therapists, I have found
them highly receptive to experience-near explanations when dealing with their patients’ archaic
selfobject needs, but resistant to relinquishing experience-distant oedipal formulations when treat-
ing high level, more neurotic patients, particularly when confronted with sexual or aggressive feel-
ings that are directed toward the therapist or material relating to gendered selves. In this paper I
attempt to delineate, using verbatim clinical material, aspects of the self psychological treatment
of the neuroses from a connectedness sensibility, illustrating how it differs from traditional and
relational models, and how (gendered) individuality is strengthened through deeply experienced
selfobject connectedness.

At the conclusion of my presentation, the participant will be able to re-conceptualize the oedipal
phase and respond clinically to oedipal themes from a more experience-near, self psychological
listening perspective.

       Dr. Richard Geist received his undergraduate degree and his Doctorate in Psychology
from Harvard University and for 30 years was Clinical Instructor, Department of Psychiatry (Psy-
chology), Harvard Medical School. He is a Founding Member, Faculty, Supervising analyst, and
former member of the Board of Directors of The Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis.
       Dr. Geist has written extensively on applied self psychology and is the author of Investor
Therapy (2004) and a new book on the use of relational self psychology in psychoanalysis.


                  Questions may be directed to the Society office at 303-724-2666




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