It’s a Matter of Time: Relational Psychoanalysis and Temporality

Tuesday, March 2nd at 8pm

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Held up by some to be the fourth dimension, time remains an intriguing and elusive existential category. It silently pervades and influences not only the very essence of our everyday lives, but the entire endeavor of psychoanalysis, both consciously and unconsciously. Neil Skolnick, Ph.D., author of the recently published Relational Psychoanalysis and Temporality: Time Out of Mind (2020, Routledge) explores time from an assortment of vantage points, from quotidian concerns to the mysterious; from hard-nosed objectivity to subjectively created perceptions and distortions. After presenting historical classifications of time dating back to the ancient Greeks and up to the atomic age, he focuses on the interweaving concepts of temporality and psychoanalysis which have led contemporary psychoanalysts to maintain that time provides the lynchpin for the very essence of psychoanalysis. While expounding on features of both linear, objective “tick-tock” time and subjective non-linear time he weaves in clinical material related to issues of maintaining the frame, termination, and narcissistic disruptions of a sense of time.

Neil J. Skolnick, Ph.D. is currently an Associate Clinical Professor at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. He was previously an Associate Professor of Psychology at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva  University. He currently is a faculty member and supervisor at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies (NIP) and its affiliates, The Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity (IPPS) and the National Training Program (NTP). He is faculty and supervisor at the Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (WCSPP). He maintains a private practice in psychoanalysis and supervision in Manhattan.

Wendy Katz Ph.D. is a training and supervising analyst at the Columbia Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, and serves as an associate editor for The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. She has written on various topics including psychoanalytic process, perverse transference, and truth in contemporary psychoanalytic thought.

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