Alumni Group Round Table Discussion Series

February 07, 2019 10:30 am to 12:00 Noon

CFPS Library - 900 Lovett, Houston, TX 77006

My Dog, My Cat, My Self

Gretchen Heyer, LPC

Psychoanalysts have recently shown an increasing interest in our relationships with non-human objects, though attachments to, and identifications with, companion animals were pathologized in the past. Nonetheless, there are suggestions that dogs exerted considerable influence on Freud, his patients, and possibly his theorizing. In a fascinating paper by Arthur Jacobs, he asserted that the Wolf-Man patient’s recurrent dream about wolves actually reflected day residue about the Freud family’s dog as well as transference about Freud and his inner circle of colleagues. JoAnn Ponder’s article presented a psychotherapy case in which the dog imagery became an organizing metaphor in the treatment, and a psychoanalytic case in which the patient’s dog identifications and projections evolved along with her inner objects. In Gretchen Heyer’s case, the patient identified with the analyst’s cat, which the patient saw in the analyst’s home office. This treatment also involved intersectional issues of race, gender, and social class.

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