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Scientific Lecture


Thursday, October 23, 2014, 8:30pm-10:00pm

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In this presentation Dr. Fenchel questions and explores the possibility that Freud developed the psychoanalytic method as a defense against anti-semitism which is a theme found in The Paradoxical Legacy of Sigmund Freud. ( Ed ) Frances Moran (2010). The author wonders why Freud departed from the scientific approach to a subjective one in his clinical practice. Freud declared himself a 'godless Jew' an atheist, yet he reported that he felt most comfortable with his fellow Jews. Freud's interest in Greek and Egyptian mythology might suggest that his new individual subjective process was an attempt to adulterate his Jewish inheritance and to absorb more acceptable and universal symbols in an effort to present his theories as both secular and classical.


Gerd H. Fenchel, Ph.D., one of the original founders of Washington Square Institute, is Director/Dean of WSI, and a training and supervising analyst. He is licensed as a psychologist in New York and Pennsylvannia and licensed as a psychoanalyst in New York State. He maintains a private part-time practice. In addition to his general responsibilities, he is a contributing editor to Issues in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and editor and author of several books such as The Developing Ego and the Emerging Self in Group Therapy (with D. Flapan); Psychoanalytic Reflections on Love and Sexuality, The Mother-Daughter Relationship: Echoes through Time and Psychoanalysis at 100. He is a Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association and the Pennsylvania Psychological Association; member of the Division of Psychoanalysis, American Psychological Association and NY State Psychological Association and member of the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis.


Henry Zvi Lothane, MD, is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City and a faculty member at Washington Square Institute. He is a distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a member of the American and International Psychoanalytic Associations and author of the definitive In Defense of Schreber Soul Murder and Psychiatry (expanded version, Seelenmord und Psychiatrie Zur Rehabilitieung Schrebers). Dr. Lothane is also known for his historical research on the life and work of Sabina Spielrein and most recently as co-chair and presenter at the winter meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association and as invited discussant after the showing of Ken Wydro "Secrets" and papers on the methodology of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. In 2009, Dr. Lothane created the concept of dramatology, an entry in Wikipedia and a paper in Issues in Psychoanalytic Psychology. He maintains a private practice of psychiatry, psychotherapy, and psychoanalysis in Manhattan.


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