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The Norbert Freedman Memorial Lecture: A Fifth Danger: Threat to Survival

Start Date: Sunday, December 8, 2019
End Date: Sunday, December 8, 2019
Location: New York, NY 10128
The Norbert Freedman Memorial Lecture
Honoring a Major Contributor to Psychoanalytic Technique
A Fifth Danger: Threat to Survival

Marvin Hurvich, PhD
Discussant: Andrew Druck, PhD
December 8th, 2019
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
IPTAR, 1651 Third Ave, suite 205
Register here: https://iptar.org/event/12-8-a-fifth-danger-threat-to-survival/

General: $40.00 includes 3 CE credits

9:30 – 10:00 am BREAKFAST
10:00 - 10:15 am Carolyn Ellman, PhD, opening remarks
10:15 -11:00 am Marvin Hurvich, PhD

Threats to survival are often associated with failure of ego functioning and loss of the coherence of the self. Catastrophic states of mind can, in turn, trigger severe primitive anxieties, and vice versa. These include panic attacks, nightmares, fulminating psychoses, suicidal crises, psychic trauma; all of which, along with related apprehensions, often reflect the dread of annihilation. In this presentation, I propose that these threats cover concerns that go beyond Freud’s four typical dangers, viz., the threat of annihilation, and can be organized under the threat to survival.
The presentation is divided into three parts. The first centers on the proposition that psychic trauma, also closely related to annihilation anxiety, was always at the heart of Freud’s anxiety theory. By 1926, Freud recognized that anxiety often involves both an expectation of a trauma and a repetition of it in a mitigated form. This latter, signal anxiety, constitutes one of the most iconic concepts in the psychoanalytic domain and is central to Freud’s formulations of psychopathology. The contrast between controlled, or signal anxiety, and uncontrolled, or traumatic/annihilation anxiety, is one of the most consequential distinctions in the literature. The second part of the presentation focuses on “threats to survival,” already referred to, adding a proposed fifth danger to the list of the four elaborated by Freud: loss of the object, loss of love, castration/bodily harm, and superego reproach. The third part focuses on areas of improvement through analysis of a patient who was chronically abused in childhood and suffered severe threats to survival. I also touch on the question of the status of psychic trauma in psychoanalysis today.
Some empirical findings will additionally be presented.

11:00- 11:15 COFFEE BREAK
11:15 – 12:00 Andrew Druck, PhD, discussant
12:00 – 12:30 Open disccussion with audience and questions and answers.

Suggested Reading:
(1989) Traumatic moment, basic dangers and annihilation anxiety
(1997) Classics revisited
(2000) Fears of being overwhelmed and psychoanalytic theories of anxiety
(2003) The place of annihilation anxieties in psychoanalytic theory
Url: https://iptar.org/event/12-8-a-fifth-danger-threat-to-survival
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