Contributions of Sigmund Freud to Object Relations Theories

2nd Trimester of Year 1 of the One-Year and Two-Year Certificate Programs in Object Relations Clinical Theory and Technique;

2nd Trimester of Year 1 of the Full Training in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis

(can be also taken as an individual post-graduate certificate course; no pre-requisites)

(12.5 hrs of post-graduate training certificate)

Instructor: Rafael A. Javier, PhD, ABPP

Course Calendar: Thursdays, January 10 - March 7, 2013; 8:15pm - 9:40 pm

Location: 217 E 12th St.; 1F, NY,10003 - or Virtual participation

This course seeks to provide participants with a critical exposure to seminal works of Freud, with emphasis on contributions that explore the concept of an 'object' and that elucidate Freud's foresight of object relations theories.  

Participants will become familiar with original works and acquire an appreciation of the thinking behind some of Freud's theoretical formulations on symptom formation, narcissism, sexuality, masochism, to name a few.  Relevant writings from current thinkers will supplement the curriculum. Clinical cases related to the concepts discussed - are encouraged. 

Themes to be covered in class:

  1. Freudís formulation on symptom formation
  2. Differences/similarities of Freudís view of the structure/function of the mind and those of Fairbairn, Winnicott, Sullivan, etc.
  3. Discussion on the nature and quality of the unconscious.
  4. Normal vs. abnormal developments in the working through of instinctual demands.
  5. Obstacles to meaningful and productive co-existence with others.
  6. Curative moments in psychoanalytic treatments.


Main readings:

          Freud, S. (1894). The neuropsychosis of defense. S.E. , 3: 45-68

          Freud, S. (1896). Further remarks on the neuropsychosis of defense. S.E., 3: 162-185.

          Freud, S. (1911). Formulation on the two principles of mental functioning. S.E., 12: 218-226

          Freud, S. (1905). Three essays on the theory of sexuality. S.E., 7:130-254,

          Freud, S. (1914). On narcissism: An introduction. S.E., 14:73-102.

          Freud, S. (1923). The ego and the id. S.E., 19: 12-66.

          Freud, S. (1924). The economic program of masochism. S.E., 19:157-170.

          Freud, S. (1917). Mourning and melancholia. S.E., 14: 243-258.

          Freud, S. (1937). Analysis terminable and interminable. S.E., 23: 209-254.                 

Complementary readings:

          Breger, L. (2000). Freud- Darkness in the midst of vision. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

          Spruiell, V. (1988). The indivisibility of Freudian object relations and drive theories. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, LVII, 697-625.

          Tyson, P. & Tyson, R. L. (1984) Narcissism and superego development. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 32 (1): 75-98.

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