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Workshop: THE CLOSET NARCISSIST: WOODY ALLEN’S “BLUE JASMINE”

Sponsored by the Jungian Analytic Psychology Club and the New Directions Program

Presenter: SUSAN KAVALER-ADLER, PhD, ABPP, D.Litt, NCPsyA

When:  Saturday, OCTOBER 12th, 2019, 1-5pm EST

Where: The C.G. Jung Center, 28 E 39th St, New York, NY 10016

Fees: Members & Seniors: $35; Non-members: $45; Students with IDs: $15

Contact 212-557-1502 or contact@jungclubnyc.org

This one day workshop will feature the presentation of Woody Allen’s film, “Blue Jasmine,” to analyze the nature of the “closet narcissist,” as described by Annie Reich, James Masterson, and Susan Kavaler-Adler. Dr. Kavaler-Adler will offer her analysis of Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine character (played in the movie by Kate Blanchet), opposite of the psychopathic grandiose narcissist husband (played by Alec Baldwin). Dr. Kavaler-Adler will define the trajectory of the Blue Jasmine character as the repetition of psychic arrest in the “closet narcissist.” She will describe this arrested woman as the woman who fails – in Marion Woodman’s terms – to “leave the father’s house.” She will also relate the false self of the closet narcissist, who is compelled to merge with the grandiose narcissist male (often called “chemistry”) – to the woman artist who merges in with a muse-God figure within her creative work.

Dr. Kavaler-Adler has written about this in her earlier books, The Compulsion to Create: Women Writers and Their Demon Lovers (Routledge 1993/ORI Academic Press 2013) and The Creative Mystique: From Red Shoes Frenzy to Love and Creativity (Routledge 1996/ORI Academic Press 2014). The object relations view of the demon lover complex outlined in these books co-habits easily with the Jungian demon lover complex.

The second part of the workshop will include the lively discussion on the closet narcissist dynamics and the demon lover complex, as it is seen through the lens of Jungian psychology and the object relations theory.

BIO OF THE PRESENTER:

Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, D.Litt., NCPsyA is a senior psychologist and object relations psychoanalyst, who has practiced in Manhattan for over 40 years. She is the founder and executive director of the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, where she also serves as a training analyst, a senior supervisor and an active faculty member. She is a Fellow of the American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis, and is on the editorial board of the online Psychoanalysis: Psychoanalytic Critique journal.  Dr. Kavaler-Adler is also a prolific author, who has published six books and over 70 peer-reviewed articles. She is the recipient of 16 awards for her psychoanalytic writing, including 2004 Gradiva® award from NAAP for her book Mourning, Spirituality, and Psychic Change: A New Object Relations View of Psychoanalysis (Routledge 2003). Her later Karnac/Routledge books include The Anatomy of Regret: From Death Instinct to Reparation and Symbolization in Vivid Case Studies (2013) and The Klein-Winnicott Dialectic: Transformative New Metapsychology and Interactive Clinical Theory (2014).

Information on Dr. Kavaler-Adler’s monthly groups, books, and practice see www.kavaleradler.com

 

 


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