BORN OF LOVE: TWO BOOKS CELEBRATING THE WORK OF MICHAEL EIGEN
VIRTUAL INTERACTIVE SEMINAR with Drs. MICHAEL EIGEN, LORAY DAWS, and ROBIN BAGAI NOVEMBER 18, 2023 (Saturday), 12-3pm EDT/EST Attendance is FREE, but RSVP is required
This conference is a celebration of Michael Eigen’s contributions to psychology and psychoanalysis over many decades. It will feature Dr. Eigen talking about his work in addition to introducing Drs. Loray Daws and Robin Bagai who will speak about their respective books honoring his work: Loray Daws’s Introduction to the Work of Michael Eigen(Routledge, 2023) and Robin Bagai’s Commentaries on the Work of Michael Eigen: Oblivion and Wisdom, Madness and Music (Routledge, 2023).
Call for Papers – Psychological Explorations of Election 2024: Psychobiography, Emotions, Age, Political Illusions, and Electoral Realities (due January 1, 2024)
At the moment (May 2023), the 2024 presidential nominating contests look like a repeat of 2020 with significant elements making both the Democratic and Republican parties unenthusiastic about their likely candidate. Biden’s age and low public opinion ratings and Trump’s age, denial he lost in 2020, support for the January 6, 2022 insurrection, and legal troubles are major issues behind these feelings. While DeSantis, Haley, Scott, and others jockey for support, it is unclear if any can get nominated in the face of Trump’s animosity and the loyalty of his supporters. We would like to invite you and other colleagues to probe the political psychology, psychohistory, and psychobiography of the subject for the Winter 2024 issue of Clio’s Psyche: Understanding the “Why” of Culture, Current Events, History, and Society.
We welcome different types of submissions, especially case studies, with psychoanalytic/ psychohistorical/psychological insights on a variety of aspects of the election such as:
Psychobiographical explorations of Biden, DeSantis, Haley, Scott, et al., and Trump
Intense feelings of hatred toward Biden, Trump, et al.
Detailed psychobiographical and psychopolitical comparisons of Biden and Trump
Comparing Biden and Trump’s accomplishments, goals, and leadership
Case studies of how voters are torn between idealization and denigration
Ideological purity versus the desire to win: Identification with the winner
The process of identification with a candidate and switching to a surviving candidate
The relationship between the leader and the led in the 2024 election
At what point do disappointments, dreams, and illusions give way to political realities
Spouses and children of the candidates
Perils of verbal (and non-verbal) slips along the campaign trail and in debates
Cycles in American politics and their influence on the 2024 election
Comparing the foreign policy of Biden and Trump
American electoral fantasies and the world’s realities
The mood of the voters: from the very energized to the stay-at-home non-voters
The psychology of independent voters and the possibility of a strong third party candidate
Psychobiographical insights from candidates’ autobiographies, books, and speeches
We seek articles from 1,500-2,500 words—including your title, author name with affiliation, a 25-word abstract, 7-10 keywords, and your brief biography (3-4 sentences) ending in your email address. Send documents in Microsoft Word (*docx or doc) format by January 1, 2024. We would welcome a symposium article of up to 3,500 words on the subject, but it must be submitted by January 1 to be peer reviewed and to have colleagues write commentaries (of up to 1,200 words) of it. We urge you to share this Call for Papers with colleagues and lists.
For more information, please check the full Call for Papers at the following webpage:
At our 5th meeting, we will discuss Freud’s (1916) Leonardo da Vinci: A Psychosexual Study of an Infantile Reminiscence (translated by A.A. Brill), also known as Leonardo da Vinci: A Memory of His Childhood (translated by A. Tyson).
This essay by S. Freud is a reconstruction of Leonardo’s emotional life from his earliest years, it represents Freud’s first sustained venture into biography from a psychoanalytic perspective, and also his effort to trace one route that homosexual development can take. (From the publisher’s book description)
Psychoanalytical and Psychobiographical Explorations of Shakespeare as Revealed in His Plays with Dr. Jeffrey Rubin September 30, 2023, 10:30am – 1pm EDT
Shakespeare captivates — and eludes — us. We are fascinated by his work and at pains to understand who he was. Given the absence of diaries, personal correspondence, or manifestos about his artistic process or opus, it is unsurprising that a dominant strain in recent criticism is skepticism about our ability to understand his personality or forge links between him and his work.
Jung, like Nietzsche, knew that one’s creative work is a “subjective confession.” Even though there is a dearth of overt biographical information about Shakespeare, there is something that the vast number of critics ignore — or neglect the implications of — the haunting personal testament encoded in the plays.
Dr. Rubin will draw on evocative moments in Coriolanus and Richard III, Hamlet and King Lear, Titus Andronicus and Julius Caesar, Measure for Measure and The Tempest based on psychoanalytic insights about empathy and unconscious symbolization, communication, and motivation, and dreaming and our capacity for creativity and self-healing.
When we consider Shakespeare’s oeuvre as a whole and bring together disparate and seemingly unrelated elements that are normally kept apart — from absent and devouring mothers and evil usurpers to stolen and mistaken identities and inauthentic selves — a new and startling picture occurs of a vexed genius whose creations were both an incalculable gift and a breathtaking attempt to solve a personal and disturbing mystery: what happened to me?
The bard’s work is, in a quintessentially Jungian way, both an unparalleled elucidation of human life and a poignant story about his creative attempts to symbolize what afflicted him and unconsciously strive to heal himself. My hope is that after this wide-ranging sojourn over Shakespeare’s plays and a recontextualization of his life and work and a more intimate encounter with him, we will not only engage his work with renewed vitality but be personally transformed and enriched.
IPhA’s Faith, Psychology and Social Justice Working Group
RELIGION, FREUD, AND WOMEN SATURDAY, September 9th, 2023, 1:00 – 3:00 PM EDT with Jefrey B. Rubin (presenter), and Theresa Aiello, Gabriella Gusita, Trevor C. Pederson, Charlotte Schwartz (respondents)
Religion enjoys a problematic standing in psychoanalysis. Since its inception, psychoanalysis has traditionally pathologized and marginalized religion. The standard story is that Freud, the exemplar of Enlightenment rationalism, critiqued the childish illusions underlying religious belief and revealed its seamy underside. While religion has had a Janus-faced history — fostering morality and fueling oppression; promoting civic concern and legitimating fundamentalism — it is more complex than Freud’s account of its origins in childhood fears and compensations would suggest.
“Religion, Freud, and Women” by Jeffrey Rubin (the download link is above) examines a hidden source of Freud’s rejection of religion, namely, his problematic relationship with his mother. In this essay, Jeffrey Rubin draws on revisionist psychobiographical material about Freud’s relationship with his mother to demonstrate that he unconsciously linked religion and the maternal. His fears of the latter led to his rejection of the former. If it is unanalytic to fail to explore the hidden meanings and functions of religious experience, it is anti-analytic to take anything on faith including atheism. In rejecting religion and disavowing spirit, perhaps psychoanalysis has rejected a good deal more than superstition.
A psychoanalysis that worked through its countertransference about religion would open the door to a contemplative psychoanalysis, which would open a potential space for a more meaningful spirituality.
RELIGION AND DEATH A CENTURY LATER: STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF FREUD AND JUNG SATURDAY, JULY 29th, 2023, 1:00 – 3:00 PM EDT, ON ZOOM
About a hundred years ago, Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud penned influential writings on the nature of religion and how the religious imagination construes death.
Jung’s Psychology of the Unconscious (1912) and Freud’s The Future of an Illusion (1927) staked out contrasting views on the nature of religion. Jung saw the world’s mythologies and religions, like the dreams of individuals, as a repository of symbols innate to the human psyche and pointing towards wholeness and healing. Freud, also viewing religion and dreams as related expressions of the unconscious, construed both as wishful thinking that provides a compensation in fantasy for actual deprivation, especially sexual deprivation, and the wish for an all-powerful and nurturant parent.
In Jung’s framework, death is a symbolic construct representing psychic transformation, while in Freud’s, it is a literal reality denied by the false promise of an afterlife. What relevance do these ideas continue to have a century later and what else can we say at this time about the nature of religion and the problem of death?
There are innumerable ways of answering these big questions. In their short article “Religion and Death a Century Later” (published in the Journal of Psychohistory in 2023), Brian D’Agostino and Dorothea Leicher present a view informed by empirical findings from neuroscience, psychohistory research, and experimental psychology, with topics that include Terror Management Theory; the psychology of fundamentalism; Jungian archetypes as emergent outcomes of nature-nurture interaction; and the continued relevance of archetypes for understanding the psychology, history, and sociology of religion. Authors subsume these disparate topics into a unified and evidence-based perspective on religion and death, and then conclude with clinical and social implications.
Call for Papers: Psychobiography (due October 1, 2023)
For this Winter 2024 Special Feature of Clio’s Psyche,we welcome your submissions with psychoanalytic, psychological, and psychohistorical insights, on PSYCHOBIOGRAPHY, including the following subjects:
The autobiographies of psychobiographers (eventually to be included in an edited book along with psychobiographies they have written).
Focus comparatively on the coping mechanisms of people in psychobiography.
Psychobiographical studies that illustrate transgenerational transmission of trauma and resilience.
Presenting a case study of an academic psychologist going beyond personal. characteristics and traits to emphasize the childhood and life passage of the whole person.
A psychobiographical study of a major academic psychologist relating theory to her/his life.
Presenting a case study of an academic psychoanalyst focusing much less on theory. after undergoing psychoanalytic training and delving into the childhood and inner life in a different manner.
A comparative study of the approaches and methodologies of psychobiographers from a variety of fields.
A comparative psychobiography of ordinary people in crisis such as what is happening in Ukraine.
The role of gender: A comparative study of the psychobiographies written by women and men.
An in-depth study of psychobiographies of the 20thcentury including early Freudian ones.
Book reviews on psychobiographical monographs.
Reviews of psychobiographical books and major media biographies.
Call for Papers – The Psychoanalysis and Psychohistory of Antisemitism (due January 1, 2024)
We welcome your submissions, especially personalized ones with psychoanalytic, psychological, and psychohistorical insights on the hatred of Jews in the contemporary and historical worlds, including on the following subjects:
Definitions of anti-Semitism.
Is anti-Semitism a useful term, although Jew-hatred is more accurate?
Envy and resentment of Jews, sometimes leading to paranoia.
Historical Jew-hating in polytheistic Egypt, Persia, and Rome.
Emerging rampant anti-Semitism during the Crusades.
Christian and Islamic anti-Semitism throughout history.
Castration anxiety related to the Jewish covenant involving circumcision of the foreskin.
Sibling rivalry of Christians and Muslims who see Judaism as the Oldest Abrahamic religion.
Disagreement with Israeli governmental policies as a cloak for anti-Semitism?
Why is the hatred of Jews such an enduring feature of Western and Islamic history?
A double standard for Jews: Is the “Jew as victim” challenged by Israeli toughness?
Jewish self-hared: Anti-Semitism among Jews—Marx and many others.
What are the parallels between Jews in the U.S. and in pre-expulsion Spain and Germany?
Pioneers of capitalism and modernity: Are Jews hated as the yeast of modern civilization?
What is the relationship of Judaism and psychoanalysis?
Why did Stalin, a not-so-secret anti-Semite, call Jew-hatred a form of cannibalism?
How does Left-wing and communist anti-Semitism differ from Right-wing Jew hatred?
The literature of anti-Semitism.
We seek articles from 1,500-2,500 words—including your title, author name with affiliation, a 25-word abstract, 7-10 keywords, and your brief biography (3-4 sentences) ending in your email address. Send documents in Microsoft Word (*docx or doc) format by October 1, 2023. We urge you to share this Call for Papers with colleagues and lists. A high-quality article of up to 3500 words received by July 1, 2023 may be accepted as a symposium piece and distributed for commentaries.
Call for Papers – The Relationship of Poetry and Psychoanalysis/Psychohistory (due October 1, 2023)
We invite papers from poets, scholars, therapists, and our readers who enjoy thinking about or writing poetry to join in moving from unconscious to conscious expression,including on the following subjects:
What does the poetry you write or read mean to you?
Why not write a poem on how psychoanalysis impacted your life?
What is the therapeutic value of poetry?
Why is the poetry of death, dying, and loss so helpful in the grieving process?
Why did Freud recognize that the poets, as well as the philosophers before him, discovered the unconscious?
How do trauma and poetic expression intersect?
What is the relationship between poetry and politics and social activism?
What poem has meant the most to you and why?
Why not write a psychobiographical account of one of your favorite poets?
How does poetry help people to confront their deepest unconscious desires?
How do people connect through poetry?
How can applied psychohistorical poetry contribute to scholarship without being “academic”?
How does poetry make sense of repressed emotions, rendering the inchoate coherent?
Why not compare the poetry of fear, love, hatred, patriotism, and war?
Why is poetry so meaningful in the Russian tradition?
Why is poetry so relatively insignificant in the American tradition?
We seek articles from 1,500-2,500 words—including your title, author name with affiliation, a 25-word abstract, 7-10 keywords, and your brief biography (3-4 sentences) ending in your email address. Send documents in Microsoft Word (*docx or doc) format by October 1, 2023. We would welcome a symposium article of up to 3,500 words on the subject, but it must be submitted by October 1 to be peer reviewed and to have colleagues write commentaries (of up to 1,200 words) of it. We urge you to share this Call for Papers with colleagues and lists.
For more information, please check the full Call for Papers at the following webpage:
Psychobiography Reading Group of the Psychohistory Forum
4th Meeting: August 5th, 2023 (11:00am – 1pm EDT; room open at 10:30 am)
Reading Lawrence Friedman’s Identity’s Architect: A Biography of Erik H. Erikson
This book presents a biography of Erik H. Erikson, postwar America’s most influential psychoanalyst, who reshaped our views of human development. Drawing on private materials and interviews with Erikson’s family, students, and colleagues around the world, the author illuminates the relationship between Erikson’s personal life and his groundbreaking ideas. This book lays bare the identity crisis that was at the root of Erikson’s lifelong quest to discover who his father was. Friedman shows how Erikson’s 8-stage model of the human life cycle grew from the birth of his 3rd son, who was born developmentally handicapped. Even his studies of M. Luther, M. Gandhi, T. Jefferson, and Jesus were inseparable from his life circumstances. The book also examines how Erikson’s influence as a teacher reverberates through the work of his students who have gone on to prominence. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)
Announcing the Psychobiography Reading Group of the Psychohistory Forum on June 3, 2023
June 3rd, 2023 (11:00am – 1pm EDT; room open at 10:30 am), 3rd Meeting For our 3rd meeting, we will be reading Chapters 2 and 3 of Erik Erikson’s Young Man Luther: A Study in Psychoanalysis and History.
WHAT ON EARTH IS GOING ON? PSYCHOHISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES ON A WORLD ON THE EDGE
PSYCHOHISTORICAL INSIGHTS ON
CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE PSYCHOLOGY OF DENIAL WARS, GEOPOLITICAL CONFLICT, AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL CRISES RESURGENT TRIBALISM: BACKLASH TO NEOLIBERAL GLOBALIZATION GENDER, RACE, AND IDEOLOGIES OF DOMINATION
INTERGENERATIONAL TRANSMISSION OF TRAUMA AND RESILIENCE PSYCHOANALYSIS and the TURMOIL OF OUR TIMES — CAN STRUCTURE HOLD, and SHOULD IT?
GROUP PSYCHOLOGY AND ANALYSIS OF THE EGO IN A TIME OF GLOBALIZATION MUSIC, POETRY, AND HEALING CHILDHOOD AND ITS HISTORY PSYCHOBIOGRAPHY
With record breaking temperatures, wildfires, and extreme weather events, it is now clear that humanity faces a climate emergency and Sixth Extinction that threaten both human civilization and our planet’s biodiversity. Yet an entire political party in the United States and similar parties in other countries exhibit a psychology of denial about the urgency of the threat and its human causes. Other global aspects of our “Anthropocene epoch” encompass what some call a New Cold War, pandemics, and an acceleration of technological change including artificial intelligence.
All this is occurring in the context of an international political-economic system that puts profits before the needs of ordinary people, fueling a populist backlash to globalization. In its right-wing variants, this includes toxic racial and gender dynamics; authoritarian politics and religion; and other forms of tribalism.
Where do we begin in responding effectively to these myriad challenges? In this conference we tap the full range of psychoanalytic and psychohistorical resources as a basis for understanding and healing.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: STEVEN PINKER: THE BETTER ANGELS OF OUR NATURE
FEATURED SPEAKERS: SALLY WEINTROBE: PSYCHOLOGICAL ROOTS OF THE CLIMATE CRISIS
JAMES W. ANDERSON: ANIMOSITY, AFFECTION, AGONY, AND EMPATHY: ELEMENTS IN PSYCHOBIOGRAPHERS’ RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE PEOPLE THEY STUDY
INTERNATIONAL PSYCHOHISTORICAL ASSOCIATION’S 45th ANNUAL CONFERENCE Group Identity and the Sources of Conflict
Virtual event on Zoom
Political, racial, religious, and other large group identities and belief systems are being challenged as never before in our era of globalization. Conflicts include white supremacism vs. multicultural solidarity; resurgent patriarchy vs. gender diversity and equality; authoritarianism vs. democracy; science denial (on pandemics and climate change) vs. science-informed policy and activism; and more. Some of the questions we ask are:
– How should we understand the psychodynamics of conflict in its many forms? – What are the sources of group identities in childhood experience and later socialization? – How can we handle conflict to facilitate individual and collective healing?
The 44th Annual Convention of the International Psychohistorical Association
IDENTITY AND CONFLICT IN HISTORY, CULTURE AND SOCIETY
May 19-21, 2021 (9:30am – 6pm EDT) Live Virtual Conference
Co-Sponsored by: The Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
& The New York University, Silver School of Social Work
The world is experiencing historic levels of ideological, racial, class, caste, health, ecological and domestic conflicts. Conflict, in its various enactments, dominates our media, politics, and communities. This annual conference of the International Psychohistorical Association will explore CONFLICT psycho-historically, in its relation to personal and group traumas, identities and constructive and destructive potentialities.
In addition, for those that are taking the course, Dr. Victoria Grinman is offering an 8 week live support group for parents, in which she will facilitate a guided discussion about the material in the course and answer any questions you have about it, including helping you apply the information and strategies to your own kiddo(s). Having the support of others is so important and we hope this gives you some relief in knowing that you are not alone.
COVID-19 – please consider the following GUIDELINES:
1) Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath; 2) Should you detect symptoms, self-isolate for 14 days from initial symptoms; 3) Should your symptoms continue for more than 48 hours or if you are at high risk, contact your healthcare provider for further direction.
While there is still much to learn about COVID-19, we should remain calm and vigilant in our personal efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and monitor the CDC and WHO websites for up-to-date local, national, and global information.
For more information please visit the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control
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
This is the call for papers for Clio’s Psyche re: David Lotto’s article, “A Male Perspective on Sex and Power in the Age of #MeToo.” Clio’s Psyche editors welcome your response to this paper (in a 1000 words, including your title, 7-10 key words, and biography) or your own paper on the subject (up to 2000 words, including your title, abstract, keywords, and biography). The deadline is October 1, 2019, but early submissions are encouraged.
Please send your papers to Clio’s Psyche Editor, Paul H. Elovitz, at
July 29, 2019
Treating Trauma Stress in Kids: Movement, Mindfulness & Yoga – Off the Mat! with Victoria Grinman, LICSW, CFTP, CA
WHEN: Monday, July 29th 2019 9:00am – 4:30pm WHERE: Courtyard by Marriott (183-15 Horace Harding Expy, Fresh Meadows, NY 1136) Flyer link:https://conta.cc/2NfksyI
Call for Papers – due 10-31-18 42nd Annual Conference of the International Psychohistorical Association
Theme: The Intersection of Psychology and History Sub-Theme: The Contributions of Michael Eigen to Human Understanding When: May 22-24, 2019 (Wednesday-Friday) Where: New York University (Exact location TBA) or VIRTUAL participation (with minimal tech requirements)
The International Psychohistorical Association is currently accepting papers (for individual presentations and panels) for its 42nd Annual Conference to be held May 22-24, 2019 at New York University. Interested scholars and clinicians are invited to submit your proposed presentation title and brief abstract for possible inclusion in the IPA 2019 program. Papers should focus on the conference themes or other pertinent topics related to psychohistory, psychology, and history. Typical individual presentations are 60 minutes in length which includes 15 minutes for discussion. Students are encouraged to submit proposals for student panels. Continuing Education Units will be offered for NYS Licensed Social Workers, Psychoanalysts, Mental Health Counselors, and Marriage And Family Therapists.
Due date for proposals: October 31, 2018 Please submit the working title, 50-word abstract, and a short bio to IPA President and Conference Chair Ken Fuchsman at
41st ANNUAL CONFERENCE of the INTERNATIONAL PSYCHOHISTORICAL ASSOCIATION Co-sponsored by: The New York University Silver School of Social Work, the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, & NASW-NYS
Conference Theme:The INTERSECTION of PSYCHOLOGY, HISTORY, and CULTURE When: May 30th – June 1st, 2018 (8:30 am – 5 pm) Where: New York University, Kimmel Center for University Life; 60 Washington Square South, New York City VIRTUAL PARTICIPATION (new) will be offered (for those who are not able to attend in person) – via gotomeeting platform, with minimal technical requirements
2018th IPA Annual Conference will bring together psychologists, historians, psychohistorians, social workers, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, social scientists, and more. Presentations will focus primarily on the intersection of psychology, history, and culture. This conference will offer over 50 presentations, including 40+ presentations bearing CEUs for NYS licensed mental health professions. For more information about this conference, incl. conference fees, cancellation policies, CEU information – follow the link here: http://www.psychohistory.us/conference-and-membership.php or contact the IPA’ president, Ken Fuchsman, directly – at .
More about the CEUs (for four NYS licensed mental health professions), certificates in psychoanalytic training, and professional development certificates – please follow the link HERE.
PRIVATE PRACTICE 101 – Dynamic and Comprehensive Live Webinar with Victoria Grinman, Founder of Growing Kind Minds, LLC
When: August 10, 2018, 10am – 12:30pm EST. If you can’t make the whole webinar or have a last minute emergency – you will receive a link to view the webinar recording plus the post–webinar group coaching call Where: Virtual participation – via gotomeeting platform, with minimal technical requirements.
Psychohistory Forum: The Nature of Being Human Seminar @ FordhamU
TOPIC: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE HUMAN: An INTERDISCIPLINARY and PSYCHOHISTORICAL APPROACH PRESENTER: KEN FUCHSMAN, EdD (UConn and the IPA) MODERATOR: JACQUES SZALUTA, PHD (U.S. Merchant Marine Academy) DATE: APRIL 21, 2018 (Saturday); 9:45 am – 1:00 pm LOCATION: FORDHAM UNIVERSITY-LINCOLN CENTER, 113 West 60 Street at 9th Ave (room 1019A, 10th floor).
The NIP 2018 Annual Conference Shame in the Analytic Encounter
When: Saturday, March 10, 2018 (9:00 am – 3:30 pm) Where: Kimmel Center, NYU Presenters: Sandra Buechler, PhD; Jody Messler Davies, PhD; andDan Hill, PhD Clinical Presentation by Yael Greenberg, PsyD CEU Info: 4.5 CE contact hours for APA, and NYS Social Workers and Licensed Psychoanalysts