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                                                                                                          ,   OUR NEWS
                                                                                                                                                                   Winter/Spring 2005




                                                                                                              MOOD, MUSE AND REGRESSION IN THE CREATIVE PROCESS
 INSTITUTE NEWS
                                                                                                              Judith Partin-Nielsen MA, PsyP
 Welcoming our new
 Executive Director:
 Susan Nimmanheminda,
                                                                                                              The ideaaofreversion Laplancheforms Pontalis in the Language of Psycho-
                                                                                                                 fers to
                                                                                                                            regression is prominent in Psychoanalysis and generally re-
                                                                                                              patterns of behavior.
                                                                                                                                    to earlier
                                                                                                                                               and
                                                                                                                                                    of thought, object relationships and

 NCPsyA                                                                                                       analysis define regression as: ‘ a return from a point already reached to an
                                                                                                              earlier one’.
 GOSSIP COLUMN                                                                                                T   opographically speaking, it occurs along a series of psychical systems
                                                                                                                  through which excitation usually runs in a set direction. In temporal
                                                                                                              terms, it implies the existence of a genetic succession of phases of devel-
 An open space, a plaza, for
                                                                                                              opment (libidinal stages, object-relationships, identifications, etc.). In the
 our student body to say who                                                                                  formal sense, regression means the transition to modes of expression that
 they are and share impotant                                                                                  are on a lower level as regards complexity, structure and differentiation
 events in their life.
                                                                                                              F   reud first introduced the idea in The Interpretation of Dreams (1900a)
                                                                                                                  to explain the essential nature of the dream: “the dream-thoughts arise
                                                                                                              for the most part in the form of sensory images which impose themselves
                                                                                                              upon the subject in a quasi-hallucinatory fashion” (p. 119). It is clearly in a
                                                                                                              topographical sense that Freud first understands the process of regression.
                                                                                                              He sees the psychical apparatus as an ordered succession of systems. In
                                                                                                              the waking state stimulation of these systems results in movement in a
                                                                                                              progressive direction (e.g., traveling from perception towards motor activ-
 Colorado Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies                                                            ity); during sleep the process is reversed as arising thoughts find access to
                                                                                                              motor activity barred and thus regress towards the perceptual system.
              A psychoanalytic training institute providing on site and distance learning to self-
              motivated students who thrive in a “community without walls” that is open to the
                                                                                                              T   he temporal meaning of the term gained in importance and clarity as
                                                                                                                  Freud charted the stages of psychosexual development. By 1914 Freud
                                                                                                              began to differentiate the concept of regression and added the following
              exciting developments in contemporary psychoanalysis. We offer a course of study                passage The Interpretation of Dreams:
              leading to competence and certification in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psy-
                         chotherapy, and provide psychoanalytic education to anyone interested.               T   hree kinds of regression are thus to be distinguished: a. topographi-
                                                                                                                  cal regression, in the sense of the schematic picture of the psychical
                                                                                                              apparatus); b. temporal regression, in so far as what is in question is a
                1919 14th Street, Suite 440, Boulder, CO 80302 Telephone: 303-447-0994   www.ccmps.net
                                                                                                              harking back to older psychical structures; and c. formal regression, where
                                                                                                              primitive methods of expression and representation take the place of the
 Training and Certification in Psychoanalysis since 1978                  Nationally Accredited by ABAP       usual ones. These regressions are, however, one at bottom and occur, for
                                                                                                              what is older in time is more primitive in form and in psychical topography
                                                                                                              lies nearer to the perceptual end (p. 548). The infantile past whether of an
                                                                                                              individual or humanity as a whole is always with us. Primitive stages can
                                                                                                              always be re-experienced and primordial mind always exists and can be
                                                                                                              found in dreams, psychopathology, history of civilizations, biology and so
                                                                                                              forth.
                                                                                                              Review Of The Literature
 Plenty of notice!!                                                                                           Regression is notPsychoanalytic Theory of discussion(1945) frequently
                                                                                                                 Fenichel, The
                                                                                                                                   to be a prominent area of
                                                                                                                                                             Neurosis
                                                                                                                                                                        in the literature.
                                                                                                              speaks of “fixation” and “regression” in tandem stating that one regresses
                                                                                                              to a particular area of “fixation”. He thought that this arrest was caused by
 The Albuquerque Conference will be held June 1 and 2, 2006.                                                  either excessive frustration or excessive gratification at a particular stage.
                                                                                                              So very early severe deprivation of narcissistic needs would result in a
 We will talk of Love in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis                                                     “fixation” at an oral/pre-verbal stage. He differentiates between neurotic
                                                                                                              and psychotic regression according to the depth of narcissistic regression,
                                                                                                              meaning that object relationships are replaced by relationships within the
                                                                                                              personality:
The patient existed.his object relation-
               loses
  ships by regressing into a place where
no objects yet        Depressed patients
                                                 Paul Klee presents childhood imagery in
                                                 his art but it is sophisticated rather than
                                                 childish because he integrates it with a
                                                                                                    Colorado Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies
experience this by the powerful sensation        mature aesthetic sense. Kris (1952) speaks                                                 REGISTRATION FORM
of feeling the world and themselves as           of “regression in the service of the ego” re-
empty.                                           ferring to the ability of the ego to return to                                                PLEASE COMPLETE!
                                                 earlier ways of thinking and use capacities
F    enichel also discusses regression as a
     defense and this aspect is often a focus    that most of us have repressed.

                                                 G
in contemporary psychoanalytic thinking.              iovacchini discusses this regression        Date______________
He sees other defenses being set in mo-               as an aspect of the creative process
tion by an activity of the ego, whereas in       in which the primitive (regressed) is juxta-     Name_______________________________________Address______________________________________________
regression the ego is much more passive.         posed with the sophisticated when primary
Regression happens to the ego; and is set        and secondary process operations co-exist.       Phone (h)____________________________________(w)_____________________email_________________________
in motion by the instincts which, blocked        He also describes the perceptual hyper-
from direct satisfaction, seek a substitute.     sensitivity of many creative people, stating     PT_____ Course Name_________________________Instructor________________Fee $_________________________
Fenichel goes on to speak of the type of ego     that when a thought or an internal image
prone to use regression as strong in one         is externalized it gains sensory intensity       PT_____ Course Name_________________________Instructor________________Fee $_________________________
respect and weak in another. The strength        and undergoes a hypercathexis. Passing
lies in the early development of the critical    through permeable ego boundaries trans-          PT_____ Course Name_________________________Instructor________________Fee $_________________________
and preparatory thinking aspects of the ego      forms a psychic element into a vivid stimu-
which would have occurred when thinking          lus, a situation that occurs in a mind that                             Semester Registration Fee, if paid two weeks prior to the course $______30_________________
was still magically oriented. The weakness       has not yet achieved integration and con-
lies in the early origin of the defensive ego    solidation. This transformation sometimes                     Semester Registration Fee, if paid less than two weeks prior to the course $______40_________________
so that the methods used are archaic and         occurs during the course of emotional de-
immature. The ego is strong enough at a          velopment, and has often been emphasized                                                                                     TOTAL $_________________________
very early age to defend against the in-         in the context of psychopathology, it is also
stincts, but too weak to handle this con-        associated with creativity (p. 90).
flict by mature methods.                                                                          Anyone registering for PT 111/211 MUST sign the following agreement:
W      innicott sees regression more posi-
       tively: ‘When we speak of regression
                                                 G    iovacchini differentiates the possible
                                                      results of these features in psychopa-
                                                 thology and in creativity while acknowledg-             “I understand that these courses are designed to teach only modern psychoanalytic theory and
in psycho-analysis we imply the existence
both of an ego organization and a threat
                                                 ing the common ground of loose mental
                                                 configuration and permeable ego bound-
                                                                                                  technique and should not in any way be construed as licensable or licensed supervision for the purpose
of chaos. There is a great deal for study        aries. If the internal instability progresses    of fulfilling State or insurance requirements”
here in the way in which the individual          instead of being organized by matura-
stores up memories and ideas and poten-          tional processes, perceptual hypersensi-         SIGNATURE_________________________________________DATE____________________
tialities. It is as if there is an expectation   tivity can deteriorate into hallucinations
that favorable conditions may arise justify-     and delusions as hypercathexis of internal
ing regression and offering a new chance         processes becomes a feature of some psy-
for development, that which was rendered         chotic personalities. In other personalities
impossible or difficult initially by environ-    this feature or trait, although a product of
mental failure’.                                 loose organization, can become an organiz-        Course Fees                         CANDIDATES ~ please list analyst and supervisors
                                                 ing force. This is the paradox of all forms       Semester registration fee     $30
A    major premise here is that regression
     and this “threat of chaos” (relaxation of
ego-boundaries) is an integral and poten-
                                                 of artistic creation, the product of dis-inte-
                                                 grative processes becoming an integrative
                                                                                                   Late registration fee
                                                                                                   Class, individual
                                                                                                                                 $40
                                                                                                                                $270
                                                                                                                                       Individual_________________________ Group _______________________

tially very positive aspect of the creative      force that can lead to greater ego-strength                                           PT 311 Supervisor ______________________________________________
                                                 and satisfaction.                                 Class, couple                $445
process. The Comprehensive Textbook of                                                             PT 111/211                   $345
Psychiatry (2000) classifies regression as                                                                                             PT 411 Supervisor _____________________________________________
both an immature defense and as a normal         Research With Creative Individuals                Half Course                  $175
phenomena. It is necessary for such things       Eysenck (1994) noted that in personality
as relaxation, sleep, orgasm, enjoyment of       tests creative subjects presented the un-
music and art and falling in love.                                                                 • To receive credit for a course, students must: pay the course tuition, submit 14 class logs,
                                                 usual combination of high scores on both
                                                                                                     15 reading logs, 1 course evaluation log and 1 self-evaluation log postmarked to the Boulder
I  n regard to the creative process, we will
   focus on formal regression i.e. transition
to earlier forms and/or contents of ex-
                                                 psychopathology and ego strength. Ludwig
                                                 (1992) discovered a personality factor in
                                                 highest creative achievers which he called
                                                                                                     office within 30 days of the last class; submit all logs to the instructor and have no more than
                                                                                                     three absences per semester (lateness over 15 minutes is considered an absence}.
pression. Form involves the mechanisms           Psychological Unease. This includes moodi-
of primary process thinking which are            ness and hypersensitivity, and this psychic       • Analysis Statements and Supervision Summaries are to be current to August 15 and due by
characteristic of the unconscious, such          ill health, when present in individuals who         October 15th annually.
as condensation, symbolization, displace-        are not to ill to function productively and
ment and lack of negatives (anything is          when accompanied by outstanding special           • Students should, and candidates must have one advisement session each semester
possible). Boundaries are loosened and           abilities such as artistic talent, verbal or
ideas may be visual rather than verbal. Re-      musical abilities which were appropriately
gression in content is a return to issues or     nurtured, is the chief driving force toward      Classeses require a minimum of three students, at least two weeks prior to the start of the class,
themes present in childhood.                     creative achievement.                            or they may be cancelled. Tuition is due two weeks before the first class begins. Enrollment
T    he artist often works with unresolved
     themes and conflicts. Sophocles con-
veyed a universal fantasy in Oedipus Rex.
                                                 Post traces this psychological unease
                                                 lies in the vivid mental imagery and in-
                                                 ner struggle which are needed for gaining
                                                                                                  lists will be finalized after the second class of each semester.
                                                                                                         Mail this form and payment to CCMPS, 1919 14th St #440 Boulder, CO 80302
                                                                                                                new points of view, inventing novel subjects,       She said: “You know, I’m afraid that if I bring
                                   INSTITUTE NEWS                                                               tradition-breaking ways of thinking and feel-
                                                                                                                ing, and new means of communicating. So it
                                                                                                                                                                    it in, it won’t be mine any more. You will take
                                                                                                                                                                    it over and it will belong to you”. I replied that
                                                                                                                is this intensive intellectual and emotional        as long as that was a possibility she was very
    It was painful for the Board of CCMPS to elect a successor to Mimi. Mimi was                                work, associated with high activity in neural       wise not to bring it in. During this period she
 a wonderful, lovable, infuriating and inspiring leader, and we are sad and poorer                              networks, that is a causal factor, rather than      would sometimes become anxious and upset
                                                                                                                the result, of the mental disturbances so of-       and report that she was afraid that she might
 without her presence.                                                                                          ten observed in creative people.                    bring a knife into the office and stab me. I
    She would have been happy to know that her successor has as much passion,                                                                                       told her that I did not allow any weapons in
                                                                                                                Clinical Work                                       my office. She asked what would happen if
 engagement and relatedness as she had.                                                                                                                             she sneaked one into the office any way. I
    So, we the Board of CCMPS, are proud and excited to welcome Susan Nim-                                      Working withto notice individuals similar-
                                                                                                                deavor I began
                                                                                                                                creative             of quite
                                                                                                                    different personalities and fields of en-
                                                                                                                                          a striking
                                                                                                                                                                    said : “What makes you think I wouldn’t take
                                                                                                                                                                    that knife away and stab you with it? “Oh,
 manheminda, NCPsyA, as Executive Director of our school.                                                                                                           wow!” she said. “I never thought of that. That
                                                                                                                ity in their descriptions of the processes of       makes me feel a lot better”.
    She has been on Board for many years, as student representative and then as                                 creating with their resistances, struggles,
 full member and impeccable secretary. Since graduating she has joined our fac-
                                                                                                                conflicts and obstacles. Specific themes and
                                                                                                                descriptions continued to emerge.                   A    fter about 5 years she asked to bring a
                                                                                                                                                                         model to show me and then did so. She
                                                                                                                                                                    said she did not need to worry any longer
 ulty and has contributed clarity, wisdom and passion to our leadership.
    We honor Mimi by crafting renewal from loss, and our future from her pioneer-                               A    n architect came to me because of great
                                                                                                                     difficulty finishing any projects. Though
                                                                                                                she was considered brilliant in her field and
                                                                                                                                                                    about my taking over her work. She showed
                                                                                                                                                                    me a “family tower” and explained the his-
                                                                                                                                                                    tory of this idea in the middle ages in Europe.
 ing heritage                                                                                                   had won many scholarships and awards,               The tower was a building representing her
                                                                                                                she would frequently reach a point of paraly-       family. I was stunned by the brilliance of de-
                                                                                                                sis in her work and have to abandon proj-           sign and aesthetic impact of this piece. The

GOSSIP COLUMN
                                                          The downside, toa unconsciouslive as a vicari-
                                                             gossip, can be tendency to
                                                                                          hounding after
                                                                                             vicariously.
                                                                                                                ects, either for a prolonged period of time or
                                                                                                                permanently.
                                                                                                                                                                    most striking feature was that this beautiful
                                                                                                                                                                    building was held together by spikes extend-

                                                                                                                S
                                                          Fortunately, there’s no such thing                        he also had a period of physical paraly-        ing through the walls in all the rooms. They
by Vic Stampley                                           ous psychoanalysis. So, as student Anna Frost             sis as a teenager. She could not walk           also formed a cage underneath which she ex-
                                                          points out, being analysands, we realize that         for a period of two years although no medi-         plained “holds all the memories”. She did not
I’m fine withfinest tradition“gossip column,psy-
 analytically-informed gossip-column, in
choanalysis’
               calling this a                 an

                              of interfacing the
                                                          life is too short to NOT be living in a mode that’s
                                                          intrinsically, subjectively satisfying. Hence our
                                                          great diversity in approaches to what CCMPS
                                                                                                                cal cause could be found. Family members
                                                                                                                thought she was faking it and tormented her
                                                                                                                greatly. She told me that her family thought
                                                                                                                                                                    have a room in the house. “The thing about
                                                                                                                                                                    the spikes,” she said, “is that they represent
                                                                                                                                                                    all the pain and if you don’t have them, the
base and the sublime. It’s important that we not          offers us. But no matter what that approach           she was ignorant and crazy and she mostly           whole structure falls apart.”.
become oversublimated: as Jan points out, here            (as reflected in the gossip-bites to follow), one     believed them. In her first sessions she re-
in the Wild West, it’s overSTIMulation that we
neurochemical heirs to the pioneers’ dopamine-
                                                          thing is constant among us: the deep impor-
                                                          tance of our mutual association. This ain’t no
                                                                                                                ported the impulse to throw herself in front
                                                                                                                of traffic after she left my office. She reported
                                                                                                                                                                    A   client who is a dancer has often described how
                                                                                                                                                                        painful emotional states are an impetus and
                                                                                                                                                                    integral part of her work. “I really need the deep
tainted genepool understand! The threat of that           foolin’ around.                                       this in a detached, non-emotional manner,           feelings,” she says. “Often I may not have words
sublime reflectivity sends potential patients
scurrying off to read “The Enquirer”. Or (as here
in the mountains of Western Montana) off to the
                                                          S    o I’m privileged with this opportunity for
                                                               contact with you all, in writing this column.
                                                          My apologies to those with whom I haven’t been
                                                                                                                as a simple observation, and said that she
                                                                                                                never remembered having these thoughts
                                                                                                                before.
                                                                                                                                                                    for them, but they come out in dance. I touch into
                                                                                                                                                                    these feelings and I listen to music ---then I just
                                                                                                                                                                    keep rolling around on the floor until something
bars.
                                                                                                                S
                                                          in contact. That lack speaks to the importance            he struggled in high school and had no          happens, the form starts coming to me.” She has
I myself have a particular interest in participa-
  tory analysis of the unconscious representa-
tions, drives, defences, and transferences at
                                                          of the nexus which I hope this column can pro-
                                                          vide, in the future: so please contact me. This is
                                                          the first part of the series:
                                                                                                                    idea that she had any talent whatsoever
                                                                                                                except for some athletic ability. As an adult
                                                                                                                she had a series of dreams, designs of in-
                                                                                                                                                                    recounted to me how she discovered dance and
                                                                                                                                                                    found for the first time a way to communicate
                                                                                                                                                                    deeply what she felt. She also talks a lot about the
work in colloquial culture. My observation-post                                                                 credibly beautiful and stunning buildings.          joy that creating dance gives her.
for this endeavor (outside the safety of my pri-                                                                When she awakened she could actually draw
vate practice) is the bandstand, in the analytic
space of the honky-tonk. Why are all of these
                                                          MAXINE GOWER, intoBoulder,transferences,
                                                               engrossed in a deep study of
                                                          including transferences
                                                                                            is currently

                                                                                     CCMPS. With all the
                                                                                                                these designs and turn them into models,
                                                                                                                which inspired her to become an architect.
                                                                                                                                                                    A musician that I work with presents a much more
                                                                                                                                                                    challenging picture. She was adopted and has had
                                                                                                                                                                    many painful and traumatic events in her life. One
potential analysands foreclosing their explora-           poignant changes in the wake of Mimi Bloom’s          She considered the dreams a gift from God.          of the complicating factors in her treatment and cre-
tion, at the point of enactment? Hell, my fee’s a         death, what is this institute to each of us, what     This seemed to be a variation on the idea of        ative work is alcohol. With her violin she translates
lot less than their bar-tab!                              do we want it to provide? Maxine suggests             the Muse, which served as a compromise              pre-verbal feeling states into beautiful, poignant,
                                                                                                                formation in her conflict. For her to have any
T   here, I’ve already exploited this bully-pulpit,
    to get in the gossip about me. But I digress. If
we are to understand, not judge, the attraction
                                                          group discussion regarding these questions,
                                                          among all associated with CCMPS. She notes
                                                          that Boulder doesn’t appear to be the geograph-
                                                                                                                talent or intellectual abilities was intolerable
                                                                                                                and unimaginable to her family (forbidden).
                                                                                                                                                                    haunting music. Sooner or later she becomes over-
                                                                                                                                                                    whelmed with the intensity of these feelings and
                                                                                                                                                                    starts drinking. She says that she drinks so that she
to the particular pop-cultural artifact known as          ic epicenter of CCMPS, that it once was. What’s       To break this taboo (symbiosis) would ren-          can really “feel” things. My understanding is that
“the gossip column”, we can recognize some fa-            the meaning of that, in a time and space where        der her completely crazy (dead!). The prob-         she uses alcohol as an insulation against unbear-
cilitative aspects, as well as pitfalls. It’s so lonely   the institute, as a “virtual” nucleus, is such an     lem was partially solved by the “muse” (God)        able feelings, longings and terrors which her fragile
being a human subject…and so confusing, as                organizing factor in our associated diaspora?         giving this gift to her (inflicting it upon her).   ego is unable to contain. Sometimes she “acts out”
to how to do it. Especially when this subject is                                                                She was not responsible. However, the con-          a major conflict about “creating “ and “not creat-
pursuing the inherently alienating practice of
analysis. Especially in some lonely, alienating,
                                                          S   ince her graduation as PsyP, JUDITH PAR-
                                                              TIN has focused on her longstanding literary
                                                          interests. She is taking a creative-writing course
                                                                                                                flict would re-occur (unconsciously) during
                                                                                                                times of paralysis.
                                                                                                                                                                    ing” by not even touching her instrument for many
                                                                                                                                                                    months at a time. The paradox is that her music is
locale that’s resistant to analysis. Like modern
America.
                                                          in prose, at Naropa, and is also writing poetry.
                                                          Her particular interest lies in the psychoanalysis    F   or a number of years she occasionally
                                                                                                                    spoke of bringing in drawings, photos
                                                                                                                or models of her work. Despite my interest
                                                                                                                                                                    both her lifeblood and a way of “killing herself off.”
                                                                                                                                                                    Themes And Processes
I t’s inspiring and reassuring to get a peek into
  how other subjects are going about this. Par-
ticularly when they’re approaching it in such
                                                          of literature. Judith maintains a private therapy
                                                          practice in Boulder.                                  when she brought this up, she never fol-
                                                                                                                lowed through. I finally pointed this out to        Acentral the experiencethe extreme pleasure
                                                                                                                                                                       work is
                                                                                                                                                                               theme in descriptions of creative
                                                                                                                                                                                            of
diverse ways (and locales) as our students.                                     To be continued........         her and asked why this might be the case.           and satisfaction when       art work/object
comes into being. A violinist said that his     application of secondary process thinking.
music “was his relationship and that creat-
ing music was sometimes better than sex!”
                                                which is conscious, rational and coherent.
                                                Regressive styles of thinking are not in-       Schedule Of Courses                                                                          Winter 2005
Given the endless unconscious potenti-          volved in any way.                              Each course meets for 15 classes.
alities, and their selection and ordering
by consciousness to form the art product,
is this process of selection random, or is
                                                H    arrison outlines a model of creative
                                                     process where no regression of the ego
                                                occurs. The phases are the same with the
it guided by a dynamic principle? The an-       exception of phase three which he calls the     PSYCHOANALYTIC ETHICS AND SOCIAL CHANGE (PT                      tional responses to patients are in understanding the
swer that fits my personal experience and       “non-regressive styles of thinking phase.”                                                                       not yet spoken, and formulating maturationally neces-
that of my clients is given in a classic pa-                                                    502)
                                                Here the creative individual consciously                                                                         sary interventions.
per by Henri Poincare( called “Mathemati-       applies some of the styles of primary pro-        We will address the role of the analyst in society and
cal Creation” describing his own experi-                                                                                                                         Instructor: Helene Stilman, NCPsyA
                                                cess thinking without the necessity of ego        how to find our voice outside of the consulting room.
ence. He says that unconscious ideas rise                                                         The insights of Freud, Klein and Lacan into the nature         Starts: Tuesday, January 24, 2006, 10:30am-12:00pm
                                                regression. This is accomplished by devel-                                                                       13528 Terragon Dr. NE, Albuquerque, NM and by Phone:
to the surface of our conscious activity and    oping some exceptional ego assets which           of culture and civilization will help us define and begin
affect our emotional sensibilities, referring   arise from the incorporation of many styles       to implement analytically informed interventions in the        505 296 5861
to an aesthetic emotion, the experience of      of primary process thinking into the reper-       public sphere. Our project will be to start a blog which
beauty, elegance and harmony which the          tory of secondary process. An example of          will aim to suggest new memes, metaphors and aware-
completed product gives us. These are the                                                                                                                      MODERN PSYCHOANALYTIC THEORY OF TECHNIQUE
                                                this would be the ability to become very          nesses to the current mental landscape.
qualities to which the emotions respond         aware of images or perceptions that arise                                                                      The Practice Demonstrated (PT 204/206)
and for which the mind searches.                                                                  Instructor: Jan Middeldorf, NCPsyA
                                                in one’s mind and to symbolize them for                                                                          We shall study modern psychoanalytic interventions
                                                the purpose of the artistic endeavor. Any         Starts: Wednesday, January 18, 2006, 11:20am-12:50pm
Stages of the Creative Process                                                                    1919 14th St.. #440 Boulder, CO and by Phone                   with the problem patient and the specific resistances
                                                psychoanalyst, for example, must have in-
Richard Harrison initial spark and aim
                     outlines four phases                                                                                                                        during each phase of treatment as delineated by Spot-
                                                corporated many styles of primary process         Information: 505 296 6508 or jmiddel@pipeline.com
   of creativity: 1)        motivation, an                                                                                                                       niz. Cases, problems and examples to be provided by
                                                thinking into the repertory of his secondary                                                                     the class. Class resistances will be studied and used to
occurrence providing the                        process thought. This is what enables her         PSYCHOANALYSIS AND BUDDHISM (PT Elective)
for the creative process. Motivation can be                                                                                                                      demonstrate how emotionally aware interventions help
                                                to translate the manifest content of dreams,       Buddhist based mindfulness practices and psycho-
provided in many different ways. One is                                                                                                                          to move patients into more mature states.
                                                fantasies and other session contents into          analysis have at least three things in common: we
the demand by others such as a writer re-       more analytically latent meanings.                                                                               Instructor: Ronnie S. Tabor, PsyP
                                                                                                   refer to them as “practices”, they are introspective ori-
ceiving a contract for a book or a scientist
receiving a grant to develop a vaccine. Or it
could come from the observation of people       H    owever there are several important dif-
                                                     ferences when comparing this third
                                                phase with the previous third phase which
                                                                                                   entations, and they are believed to be healing. Buddha
                                                                                                   is recognized as a highly skilled and knowledgeable
                                                                                                   psychologist, and psychoanalysts, as well as psycholo-
                                                                                                                                                                 This course is in progress
                                                                                                                                                                 Information: 505 228 3544
or situations which move the artist emo-
tionally, or from an eruption to conscious-     involves regression. One important differ-         gists of other orientations, are increasingly interested    CLASS SUPERVISION (PT 111/211)
ness of formerly unconscious memories.          ence is that there are no contributions to         in what mindfulness has to offer. This class will focus
                                                the creative outcome from unconscious                                                                            PT 111: Ronnie Tabor, PsyP and those listed below.
This may take place in dreams, fantasies,                                                          on the common themes of these disciplines and their
                                                memories. Another is that there tends to           points of divergence - with the goals of deepening our        PT 211: Jan Middeldorf, PsyA, Susan Nimmanheminda, PsyA,
free associations or other ego states where
the defenses guarding the unconscious are       be less looseness or fantastic qualities in        understanding of both, and our skillfulness as psy-           Helene Stilman, PsyA,
lowered.                                        the application of the incorporated styles         chotherapists.                                                Times: Please contact Faculty
                                                of primary process thinking. Certain types        Instructor: Susan Nimmanheminda, NCPsyA
T   he second phase is called “priming
    work” and it is a preparatory stage.
This is a period of consciously focused and
                                                of art are likely to be excluded by this type
                                                of non-regressive creative process because
                                                the emergence of repressed unconscious
                                                                                                  Starts: Wednesday, January 18 2006, 1:00-2:30pm
                                                                                                  2305 Canyon Blvd.. #20 Boulder
                                                                                                                                                                 PT 111 & PT 211 are designed for the supervision of Modern
                                                                                                                                                                 Analytic training and should not in any way be construed
                                                                                                                                                                 as licensable and licensed supervision for the purpose of
often intense study of already known as         memories is fundamental to some artistic          Information: 303-449-3942                                      fulfilling State or insurance requirements!
well as newly acquired knowledge, theo-         creativity. It is likely, on the other hand,
ries, techniques, themes, compositions,         that creative problem solving does often        COUNTERTRANSFERENCE (PT 405/6)                                   (Supervision Classes are limited to 3-4 students. This
styles and existing art objects all of which    involve the type of creativity in which           We’ll study the vicissitudes of our reactions as analysts      is a case study class to examine cases from a modern
have been selected in relation to the cre-      the styles of primary process thinking            to the patient’s ever changing projective identifications,     psychoanalytic perspective.)
ative aim. This produces and adds relative-     are incorporated into secondary process           inducements and re-enactments. Using actual case
ly strong “preconscious and unconscious         thought.                                          material students will learn to differentiate subjective
memory trace constellations of relevant                                                           versus objective counter transferences and recognize
intellectual or emotional subject matter to     Conclusion                                        how patients attempt to pull us away from our analytic
the total memory”. He also refers to “un-
intentional priming work” which includes
prior work done in developing professional
                                                Balinthow analyststhe “area of absorbed
                                                   and
                                                          speaks of
                                                portunity of observing people
                                                                                creation”
                                                                     have the unique op-
                                                                                                  role. We shall also focus on the great help that our emo-

competence and skills which are then used       in this state. He suggests that instead of
in the creative process.                        thinking of this (silent patient, in his ex-
T   he third phase is called the ego regres-
    sion phase. Here the critical mental
processes which serve the creative inten-
                                                ample) as merely a difficult problem for
                                                our technique, resistance, etc., that we
                                                recognize that he is also “running toward”                                                                                                           REMINDERS!
tion take place. This regressive state takes    something and that he will eventually pro-
many different forms such as preverbal          duce a kind of creation and present it to        •For students to get credit for classes, please review the requirements on the registration form.
feeling states, dreams and other primary        us. My hope in exploring this topic is that      •Students must keep copies of logs and other forms. Be aware of good computer practices and backup your files!!!!
process phenomena, unresolved themes of         we might more clearly see and creatively         •Candidates must remain in analysis until they complete their program and graduate. Frequency of Analysis Poli-
childhood, etc.                                 work with all possibilities both ours, and
                                                our patients’.                                      cy: At Level I, the frequency of analysis is determined by the analyst and candidate, but needs to be conducted

T   he fourth phase is the elaboration and
    assessment phase. Now the trial cre-
ative outcome produced in the previous
                                                                                                    a minimum of twice monthly. At Level II, candidates are required to have weekly individual analysis (minimum
                                                                                                    of 45 minute sessions) for a minimum of two years and until graduation. Throughout Level II supervision is re-
                                                                                                    quired a minimum of twice a month.
stage is elaborated and expanded by the

				
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