Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis
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The Death Instinct and Its Vicissitudes
Presenter: Arlene Kramer Richards, Ed.D.
Discussant: Arnold Richards, M.D.
Low fluttering arc
of twittering song birds. Hawk
glides above: darts; done.
Beginning with that Chinese poem, Dr. Richards considers whether or how there is value in thinking in terms of a death instinct, a concept that has been much debated within psychoanalysis. Looking at a patient with a deep fear of abandonment, Dr. Richards inquires how the patient’s experiences with death interplay with her difficulties about aloneness.
Arlene Kramer Richards, Ed. D., is a faculty member and Supervising and Training Analyst at the New York Freudian Society; a Fellow at the Institute for Clinical Training and Research; and a Professor at Wuhan University in China. She has taught at the Smith College of Social Work and New York University’s Doctoral Program in Social Work. She wrote Dream Portrait: A Study of Nineteen Sequential Dreams as Indicators of Pretermination (with A. Bond and D. Franco; 1992). She is co-editor of The Perverse Transference and Other Matters: Essays in Honor of Horacio Etchegoyen (with J. L. Ahumada, J. Oligaray and A. D. Richards; 1997) and The Spectrum of Psychoanalysis: Essays in Honor of Martin Bergmann (with A. D. Richards; 1994).
Arnold D. Richards, M.D., is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute. He is editor of the premier psychoanalysis website: internationalpsychoanalysis.net and Publisher of International Psychoanalytic Books. He received the Sigourney Award in 2000. From 1994 to 2003 he was Editor of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. He has published approximately 50 papers, several in collaboration with his wife Arlene Kramer Richards
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