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When Winnicott Walked Out on Klein: Controversy as Well as Dialectic


Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, D. Litt., NCPsyA

Where: New York University, Kimmel Center for University Life; 60 Washington Square South, New York City

When: Friday, June 1st, 2018 @ 10:50 am - 11:40 am

    1 CEU


Melanie Klein was in the middle of reading “Envy and Gratitude,” declaring that hostile aggression originated from birth and was then projected outward as envious persecution. Winnicott walked out of the meeting in the middle, and declared “I am no longer a Kleinian.”  After rejections from the Kleinians of his new theories on “the environment,” Winnicott began to teach outside the “Great Controversies” of the British Psychoanalytic Society. The Polarization is Historic. The theories are Dialectic!!!


Learning Points:

At the end of this educational activity, its participants will be able to: 1) analyze the resolution of theoretical polarization into theoretical dialectic;

2) apply his/her understanding of aggression, based on the work of two British object relations theorists, Melanie Klein and D. W. Winnicott;

3) illustrate a) the critical separation between the clinical theory of Melanie Klein and her

metapsychology; and b) the psychological transition in the life and work of D. W. Winnicott.



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Kavaler-Adler, S. (2013). The anatomy of regret: From death instinct to reparation and symbolization in vivid case studies. London: Karnac.

Kavaler-Adler, S. (2014). The Klein-Winnicott dialectic: Transformative new metapsychology and interactive clinical theory. London: Karnac.

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Bio of the Presenter:

Susan Kavaler-Alder, Ph.D., ABPP, D. Litt., NCPsyA (drkavaleradler@gmail.com) is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst who has been in practice in New York City for 40 years.  She is the founder and executive director of the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (ORI), as well as the training analyst and senior supervisor and faculty at ORI. Dr. Kavaler-Adler is a prolific author, with 5 published books and over 60 journal articles and edited book chapters.  She has won 15 awards for her writing in the field, including the Gradiva Award form NAAP in 2004. Her five books are: “The Compulsion to Create: Women Writers and Their Demon Lovers” (Routledge 1996, Other Press 2000, ORI Academic Press 2013); “The Creative Mystique: From Red Shoes Frenzy to Love and Creativity” (Routledge 1996, ORI Academic Press 2014); “Mourning, Spirituality, and Psychic Change: A New Object Relations View of Psychoanalysis” (Routledge 2003); “The Anatomy of Regret: From Death Instinct to Reparation and Symbolization in Vivid Case Studies” (Karnac, 2013); “The Klein-Winnicott Dialectic: New Transformative Metapsychology and Interactive Clinical Theory” (Karnac 2014).  For more information, visit www.kavaleradler.com.

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