The Forth Dr. Jeffrey Seinfeld Memorial Lecture:
The Klein-Winnicott Dialectic: Continuing Dr. Jeffrey Seinfeld’s Tradition of Dialectical Clinical Thinking

Co-sponsored by St. John’s University’s Psychology Department and the Office of Postgraduate Professional Development Programs

Dates: Saturday, October 31st, 2015, 11 am – 2 pm
Location: St. John’s University, Manhattan Campus, 101 Astor Place, NYC, 10003
Discussant: Jack Schwartz, PsyD, LCSW
Moderator: Jeffrey Lewis, PhD

 This event is free, but RSVP is required. To RSVP, please email to , call 646-522-1056 or 646-522-0387.


Dr. Jeffrey Seinfeld was an active scientific faculty member and one of the most enthusiastic supporters of the Object Relations Institute since its founding in 1991. For two decades since then, Dr. Jeffrey Seinfeld and Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler shared their mutual interest in integrating and teaching the theories of the British school of object relations thinking. They both believed that teaching the dialectical relation between Melanie Klein, Donald Winnicott, Ronald Fairbairn, and other British theorists – rather than polarizing them – would offer the greatest contribution to helping psychotherapists and psychoanalysts with their critical clinical work.

The subject of dialectic goes back to Melanie Klein’s view of projective identification and to Ronald Fairbairn’s view of the failed dialectic seen in the splitting situation of primal trauma, where self parts are merged with two “bad” part-objects. These split self/object parts are not in dialectic, but rather in a sadomasochistic relationship with one another. Following Fairbairn, Jeffrey Seinfeld saw the healing of trauma in the therapeutic situation as the route to forming a dialectic of self-and-other relations in one’s internal world (Fairbairn’s endopsychic situation), and consequently in one’s external world.

Jeffrey Seinfeld also contributed to dialectical understanding of the objective (or induced) countertransference phenomenon, in which the psychoanalyst experiences (through projective identification) sadomasochistic enactment of patient’s primal trauma situation during the therapy session. While Heinrich Racker and Otto Kernberg spoke of the psychoanalyst experiencing only one side of the patient’s split psyche (e.g., parent part or child-victim part), Jeffrey Seinfeld spoke about the analyst experiencing both sides at once. This is not yet dialectic, but if understood, it can lead to the dialectic of self- and-object in the therapist; and this can be used to understanding the patient, and then helping the patient move to dialectic.

Jeffrey Seinfeld was on a similar course as Thomas Ogden in expanding Melanie Klein’s original concept of projective identification and understanding the intersubjective experience in treatment. He was also on similar course with Susan Kavaler-Adler and her theory of psychic health in relation to love-creativity dialectic and the Klein-Winnicott dialectic in the clinical treatment situation. In her 2014 Karnac book The Klein-Winnicott Dialectic: New Transformative Metapsychology and Interactive Clinical Theory, Dr. Kavaler-Adler continues this tradition of dialectical clinical thinking.

By speaking about surrendering Melanie Klein’s metapsychology of the death instinct in favor of a metapsychology based on symbolization, Dr. Kavaler-Adler’s book inspires a broader developmental perspective that can integrate Klein and Winnicott in meaningful clinical dialectical process. This broader developmental perspective also resonates with the concerns of academic psychology, particularly at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels.

ORI Academic Press is announcing call for papers related to work of Dr. Jeffrey Seinfeld.

Paper selection will be finished by December 31st, 2015, and selected paper(s) will be published in the MindConsiliums.

The authors will be given the opportunity to present the selected paper(s) at the Annual Dr. Jeffrey Seinfeld Memorial Lecture/Workshop in 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 academic years.


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. Six of her seven published books are related to clinical Object Relations theories. They are: Developmental Mourning, Erotic Transference, and Object Relations Psychoanalysis (IPBooks, 2023); 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

Jack Schwartz LCSW, PsyD, NCPsyA is a nationally certified psychoanalyst and a faculty member, lecturer, and control analyst at the New Jersey Institute for Training in Psychoanalysis. While maintaining a full private practice in Northern New Jersey, Dr. Schwartz is a regular contributor and writer for a variety of clinical journals and is the author of a psychoanalytic novel called Our Time is Up. Dr. Schwartz has been a regular presenter for ORI, NJI and NAAP. His recent published article on Freud’s “Irma Dream” lead to the creation of his new multi-media project designed to offer a unique learning experience about the origins of psychoanalysis.

Jeffrey Lewis, PhD is psychoanalyst in full-time independent private practice, Ferenczi scholar, editorial board member of the American Journal of Psychoanalysis, faculty and board member of the Object Relations Institute, and full clinical professor in the doctoral program at St. John’s University.