HOPE, DISILLUSIONMENT, AND RECOVERY:
PSYCHIC LOSS AND MOURNING
A Clinical Conference
We typically think of grief and mourning work in reaction to physical losses, but the process of mourning is relevant to any form of significant disillusionment of expectant hopes. Indeed, we can refer to such losses as psychic loss. I will describe how such psychic losses are insidious and often interfere with the developmental pathway from childhood to adulthood. More specifically, I will describe how counterphobic defenses against hope, designed to circumvent future psychic losses, are a means of covering up shame rather than mourning previous traumatic experiences. This presentation then will delineate developmental experiences of hope and disillusionment, counterphobic defenses against hoping for too much, of psychic loss, and a mourning process that allows individuals to recover access to their embodied hopes.
After attending the conference in its entirety, participants will be able to:
Explain how psychic loss is constituted by expectant hope and disillusionment.
Describe how counterphobic defenses against hope are designed to preempt the possibility of future disillusionment.
Explain how the process of mourning helps a person recover access to disillusioned hopes that were previously covered up.
Peter Shabad, PhD is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago. He is on the Core Faculty of the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis (CCP) and Teaching and Supervising Faculty of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. He is also a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles and Associate Editor at Psychoanalytic Dialogues. Dr. Shabad is co-editor of The Problem of Loss and Mourning: Psychoanalytic Perspectives (IUP, 1989) and author of Despair and the Return of Hope: Echoes of Mourning in Psychotherapy (Aronson, 2001). Dr. Shabad is currently working on a new book entitled Seizing the Vital Moment: Passion, Shame, and Mourning to be published Routledge.
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