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This course will examine psychoanalytic conceptualization and treatment of eating disorders. We will explore these complex and confounding syndromes through multiple lenses: as failures of thought, with unthinkable thoughts becoming stuck in the body; as complex compromise formations tied to early relational experiences; as autistic defenses against intolerable anxieties; as dissociative disorders linked to early experiences of trauma and affect dysregulation; and as disorders of desire and clandestine love affairs marked by anticipation, excitement, secrecy, and disappointment, leaving emptiness in their wake. We will attend to the importance of gender, culture, and the role of the therapist’s body in the treatment situation throughout.
This mini-course is an overview of theories and practice in psychoanalytic work within the context of race and multicultural issues. The course specifically focuses on transference and countertransference issues that arise in racial sameness and difference in therapeutic dyads. Analytic articles will be supplemented by inter-disciplinary scholarship from critical mixed-race theory and social justice perspectives.