Entering One’s own life as an Aim of Clinical Psychoanalysis

November 7, 2017
Presenter: Ricchardo Lombardi
Discussant: Christine Anzieu-Premmereur

The historical development of psychoanalysis has demonstrated that the aim of our clinical work may change as the patient population changes. Dr Lombardi hypothesizes that one of the main tasks of psychoanalytic working through today is to help our difficult patients, who are trapped in imitative dynamics and so-called “never-to-be-born selves,” enter a life of their own. Particular emphasis is given to activating a body-mind relationship, catalyzing the emergence from the unrepressed unconscious, and constructing space-time parameters in relation to the most primitive and undifferentiated emotional experiences.

Riccardo Lombardi, MD is training analyst of the Italian Psychoanalytic Society and the author of the books Formless Infinity: Clinical Explorations of Matte Blanco and Bion, and Body-Mind Dissociation in Psychoanalysis. Development after Bion. He has a full time private practice in Rome.

Learning Objectives: After the lecture the participant should be able to

  • Understand in severely disturbed patients how the sensory perceptions arising from the body are the first expressions of self-consciousness; to help the analyst in catalyzing the patient’s integration with his deepest levels of mental functioning.
  • Describe the importance that the body holds, especially in relation to the deepest areas of mental functioning.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial information to disclose.