ENVY: FROM HUNGER TO DESTRUCTION OF THE GOOD, INHIBITOR OF LOVE AND CREATIVE SELF-EXPRESSION
Workshop is led by Susan Kavaler-Adler, Ph.D., ABPP, D.Litt., NCPsyA Date:Saturday, July 17th, 2021, 10am – 4:40pm Location: Virtual participation only! Virtual participation is conducted via audio/video or audio mode only (with minimal technical requirements) To Register for this workshop, please complete the Registration form Continuing Education Information: up to 8 CEsSee details here
Under the blankets, what secret attacks of Envy do you suffer within yourself, after having congratulated a friend on an achievement, with genuine gusto? And what feared envious attacks do you unconsciously get inhibited by, or become consciously anxious or panicked about?
Envy is a powerful and difficult clinical topic. Yet Envy pervades our lives, and rivals with Jealousy for its killer instinct and terror filled hunger. After Freud’s more narrow understanding of envy in terms of penis envy, Melanie Klein was the first prominent theorist to expand our view of envy, and lay it at the doorstep of psychoanalysis as the dish “de jour” that haunts our daily life. From breast envy to womb envy, Klein sufficiently countered the unique status of penis envy as an instinctual main course on the envy menu. However, she also expanded the envy terrain from the instinctual to the internal self and other relational dynamic. She gave birth to her 1957 paper on “Envy and Gratitude” the year prior, in an oral presentation that sent Winnicott flying out the door, proclaiming “I am no longer a Kleinian.” D. W. Winnicott could not abide the primal place Melanie Klein gave to envy as the main manifestation of innate aggression. For Winnicott, innate aggression could have an innocence, the “pre-ruth” ruthlessness of the child finding a spontaneous gesture to express a budding self.
His one statement on envy was on how to reduce it by being part of mother and then “being with” the other. Winnicott offers an optimistic, but also simplistic, alternative to Melanie Klein on this topic.
He evades the profound human experience of unconscious and dissociated envy. Yet who wants to deal with it? It is one of the most prickly topics to deal with through clinical interpretation.
Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler is the author of many books and articles, including The Klein-Winnicott Dialectic: Transformative New Metapsychology, and Interactive Clinical Theory. This book deals with the many aspects of the “Klein-Winnicott Dialectic” in a psychobiographical and theoretical narrative.
During this workshop, Dr. Kavaler-Adler will offer a lecture and discussion in the morning, and in the afternoon, she will open the floor to an experiential group sharing, which she will facilitate with the unique mode of meditative psychic visualization that she employs for many years in her Mourning and Support monthly groups.
Recommended readings for the webinar will encompass Melanie Klein’s and Winnicott’s original papers, as well as two other articles on envy and jealousy authored by Dr. Kavaler-Adler. Reading about Klein’s mother will give a vivid background for Klein’s fascination with the topic of envy.
Registered participants will receive the required (for CE purposes) readings (in PDFs).
At the end of this educational activity, its participants will be able to:
Analyze the destructive fantasies of unconscious Envy.
Discuss and analyze the example of Melanie Klein’s envious mother.
Contrast the definition of Envy and Jealousy.
Analyze the meaning of “biting the hand that feeds you” in the context of envy.
Analyze the meaning of “good object” devaluation in the context of envy.
Compare the fantasy of hunger and deprivation in Envy with the fullness of Gratitude;
Apply Object Relations understanding of Envy and Jealousy to one’s clinical practice.
Apply Object Relations understanding of Envy and Jealousy to one’s personal life.
Discuss visualization technique and apply it in one’s life.
Apply visualization techniques in one’s consulting room.
Klein, M. (1957). Envy and gratitude. In M. Klein, Envy and gratitude and other works (1946-1963). London: Tavistock.
Kavaler-Adler, S. (1914). The Klein-Winnicott dialectic: Transformative new metapsychology and interactive clinical theory. London: Karnac/Routledge.
Kavaler-Adler, S. (1998). Vaginal core or vampire mouth: The visceral level of envy in women: The protosymbolic politics of object relations. In N. Burke (Ed.), Gender and envy (pp. 221-238). London: Routledge.
Kavaler-Adler, S. (2018). Treating jealous patients. In M. K. O’Neil & S. Akhtar (Eds.), Jealousy: Developmental, cultural, and clinical realms. London: Routledge.
Winnicott, D. W. (1958). The capacity to be alone. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 39, 416-420.
SHORT BIO OF THE WORKSHOP LEADER:
Susan Kavaler-Adler, Ph.D., ABPP, D.Litt., NCPsyA is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst, who has been in practice in Manhattan for 45 years. She is a Fellow of the American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis, and is the Founder and Executive Director of the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She is a Training Analyst, Senior Supervisor and active faculty member at the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, a NYS Board of Regents chartered psychoanalytic training institute.
Dr. Kavaler-Adler has an honorary doctorate in literature, and she is a prolific author, with published six books and over 70 articles and book chapters in the field of object relations psychoanalytic theory. Five of her six published books related to clinical object relations theories are The Klein-Winnicott Dialectic: Transformative New Metapsychology and Interactive Clinical Theory (Karnac, 2014); The Anatomy of Regret: From Death Instinct to Reparation and Symbolization in Vivid Case Studies (Karnac, 2013); Mourning, Spirituality and Psychic Change: A New Object Relations View of Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2003; Gradiva® Award from NAAP, 2004); The Creative Mystique: From Red Shoes Frenzy to Love and Creativity (Routledge, 1996; ORI Academic Press 2014; Gradiva® Award nomination); The Compulsion to Create: Women Writers and Their Demon Lovers (Routledge, 1993; ORI Academic Press, 2013). Dr. Kavaler-Adler received 16 awards for her psychoanalytic writing. She is also on the editorial board of the International Journal of Controversial Conversations (IJCC). In addition, Dr. Kavaler-Adler conducts ongoing groups in her practice, such as a monthly writing group, a monthly online experiential supervision group, and a monthly “Mourning, Therapy, and Support Group” with guided visualization. More information can be found at https://kavaleradler.com/.
This educational activity is accredited by Amedco to provide 8 CEs for NYS Social Workers, NYS Psychologists, and 8 APA based CEs for Psychologists, MFTs, MHCs, Addiction Professionals (Check your states below).
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis (ORIPP). Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
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* If the activity is held live in the state of NY, then direct addictions board is required, ie: NAADAC. If the activity is held outside NY, is virtual, enduring or remote, it is considered “outstate” and this reciprocity applies.
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REGISTRATION AND FEES:
Early Bird registration (before June 15th, 2021) $60 regular/ $35 grad students & candidates/ $15 undergrad students. If CEs are requested – there is an additional fee of $25 (can be paid on the day of the conference or in advance)
Regular registration (June 15th – July 15th, 2021) $70 regular/ $45 grad students & candidates/ $20 undergrad students. If CEs are requested – there is an additional fee of $25 (can be paid on the day of the conference or in advance)
Registration ‘at the door’ (on July 16th & July 17th, 2021) $80 regular/ $55 grad students & candidates/ $25 undergrad students. If CEs are requested – there is an additional fee of $25 (can be paid on the day of the conference or in advance)
Special scholarships for undergraduate/graduate students, retired practitioners, as well as for group registration, are available. Inquire by email to or at 646-522-1056.
CANCELLATION POLICY: Refund in full is offered for cancellations made before July 17th, 2021. No refunds for cancellations made on or after July 17th, 2021 (but credit can be applied for any of the educational events offered at the ORI in 2021 or further on).