“Temporality and Futurity in the Analytic Process”
Presenter: Frank Summers, Ph.D.
Discussant: Jonathan Lear, Ph.D
Historically, psychoanalysis has been about understanding past and present. The relative neglect of the patient’s relationship to the future, or futurity, is an important omission because past and present gain their meaning in protention, the anticipated future that motivates the present and evokes the past. The phenomenological insight that the future perfect defines the meaning of human action is used in this paper to shed light on the analytic understanding of symptoms and enrich the theory of therapeutic action. It will be shown that all three temporal modalities influence each other in the transformation of ways of being.
Frank Summers, Ph.D., ABPP, is President, Division of Psychoanalysis, American Psychological Association and Past-President of Psychoanalysis and Social Responsibility. He is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences of Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University and supervising and training analyst at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis. Winner of several local and national awards including The Hans Strupp Award for Contributions to Psychoanalysis, and The Distinguished Educator Award of the International Forum of Psychoanalytic Education, Dr. Summers is associate editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and a member of the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Psychology and The Annual of Psychoanalysis. He is author of numerous journal articles and presentations at national and local meetings as well three books on object relations theories. His fourth book due out in early 2013 is called The Psychoanalytic Vision: The Experiencing Subject, Transcendence, and the Therapeutic Process. Dr. Summers is in the private practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy in Chicago.
Educational Objectives: At the conclusion of the program, participants will be able to: 1) Recognize futurity in the patient’s experience; 2) Recognize and differentiate the role of all three temporal modalities in the analytic process; and 3) Incorporate the role of futurity in the therapeutic change process.
Target Audience: Psychoanalysts, other interested mental health professionals, and members of the community.