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Syllabi 3

Psychoanalytic Writing
The Michigan Psychoanalytic Council

Janaury 7-February 4, 2009

Jean Wixom, Ph.D.


This five week course is an introduction to the process of writing psychoanalytic papers.  Topics to be covered include ethical considerations of writing about patients, intrapsychic impediments to writing creatively and strategies for enabling self-expression as a psychoanalytic writer.  Assigned readings will provide context and structure for class discussion of these issues.  Weekly writing exercises will also serve as the basis for discussion.  The goals of the writing exercises are to help class members define areas of interest for the candidate’s writing requirement, to narrow areas of interest into manageable projects, and to formulate a working thesis statement or abstract.



Week 1:  Introduction and Discussion of Ideas for Writing Projects.


Wixom, J.  From playing out to playing with:  transforming enactments into play.  Presented to the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, May, 2008.



Week 2:  Confidentiality, Disguise, Consent.


Alfonso, C.A. (2002).  Frontline:  writing psychoanalytic case reports:  safeguarding privacy while preserving integrity.  J. Amer. Acad. Psychoanal., 30:165-171.


Goldberg, A. (1997).  Writing case histories.  Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 78:435-438.


Lipton, E. (1991).  The analyst’s use of clinical data, and other issues of confidentiality.  J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 39:967-985.



Week 3:  Confidentiality, Disguise, Consent, continued.


Aron, L. (2000).  Ethical considerations in the writing of psychoanalytic case histories.  Psychoanal. Dial., 10:231-245.


Gabbard, G.O. (2000).  Disguise or consent:  problems and recommendations concerning the publication and presentation of clinical material.  Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 81:1071-1086.


Pizer, S.A. (2000).  A gift in return:  the clinical use of writing about a patient.  Psychoanal. Dial., 10:247-259.



Week 4:  Conflicts about Psychoanalytic Writing.


Morrison, N.K., Evaldson, J.R. (1990).  Thoughts on the processes of psychoanalytic writing.  Contemp. Psychoanal., 26:408-419.


Scharff, J.S. (2000).  On writing from clinical experience.  J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 48:421-447.


Stein, M.H. (1988).  Writing about psychoanalysis:  I.  analysts who write and those who do not.  J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 36:105-124.


Stein, M.H. (1988). Writing about psychoanalysis:  II.  analysts who write, patients who read.  J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 36:393-408.



Week 5:  Creative Solutions to Writing Inhibitions.


Jones, A. (2005).  Generating words:  one approach to teaching clinical writing.  Psychoanal. Q., 74:835-852.


Ogden, T.H. (2005).  On psychoanalytic writing.  Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 86-15-29.


Slochower, J.A. (1998).  Illusion and uncertainty in psychoanalytic writing.  Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 79-333-347.


Ego Psychology
The Michigan Psychoanalytic Council
November 12, 2008-February 4, 2009
Robert Hooberman, Ph.D


Week 1


1) Freud, S. (1923) The ego and the id. Standard Edition  19:3-68


2) Freud, S. (1926) Inhibitions, symptoms and anxiety. Standard Edition       

20:77-178  (Read pp. 87-100)


Week 2


1) Freud, S. (1926) Inhibitions, symptoms and anxiety. Standard Edition  

20:77-178  (Read pp.101-178)


2)(Commentary on Inhibitions, symptoms and anxiety):  Schafer, R. (1983)

Danger situations. In The Analytic Attitude, pp.96-112. New York: Basic




Week 3

1) Sterba, R. (1934) The fate of the ego in psychoanalytic therapy. International

 Journal of Psychoanalysis  15:117-126


2) Searl, M. N.  (1936) Some queries on principles of technique. International

Journal of Psycho-Analysis  17:471-493


3) Busch, F. (1995) M.N. Searl’s (1936) “some queries on principles of technique”.In The Ego at the Center of Clinical Technique,  pp. 171-190. Northvale, NJ: Aronson



Week 4

1) Freud, A. (1936) The Ego and the Mechanisms of Defense. Parts I and II, pp.3-105. New York: International Universities Press


 2) Fenichel, O. (1941) Problems of Psychoanalytic Technique. New York:

 Psychoanalytic Quarterly.  pp. 23-97



Week 5                                                                         

  1) Hartmann, H. (1951) Technical implications of ego psychology. In Essays

on Ego Psychology,  pp.142-154.                                                                            


  2) Erikson, E. (1950) The growth of the ego. In Childhood and Society, pp.187-274. New York: W.W.Norton, Second Edition, 1963



Week 6

1) Rapaport, D. (1957) The theory of ego autonomy: a generalization. In The Collected Papers of David Rapaport, pp. 722-744

2) Loewenstein, R.M. (1950) Ego development and psychoanalytic technique.         In Practice and Precept in Psychoanalytic Technique: Selected Papers of R.M. Loewenstein,  pp. 30-39. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1982.

 3) Loewenstein, R.M. (1953) Some remarks on defenses, autonomous ego, and psychoanalytic technique. In   Practice and Precept in Psychoanalytic Technique: Selected Papers of R.M. Loewenstein,  pp.40-51

 Week 7

1) Kris, E. (1951) Ego psychology and interpretation in psychoanalytic therapy.

Psychoanalytic Quarterly 20:15-30


2) Arlow, J. (1963) Conflict, Regression and Symptom Formation, International Journal of Psychoanalysis: 44:12-22


 Week 8

1) Blanck, G. and Blanck, R. (1979) Ego as organizing process. In EgoPsychology II: Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology, pp. 15-30. New York:  Columbia University Press

2) Gray, P. (1982). “Developmental lag” in the evolution of technique. In The Ego and Analysis of Defense,   pp. 29-61. Northvale, NJ: Aronson, 1994     

3) Gray, P. (1986) On helping analysands observe intrapsychic activity. In The  The Ego and Analysis of Defense, pp.65-85


Week 9

 1) Gray, P. (1987). The analysis of the ego’s inhibiting superego activities.  In The Ego and Analysis of Defense,   pp. 105-127

2)  Pray, M. (1996) Two Different Methods of Analyzing Defense. In Danger  and Defense: The Technique of Close Process Attention, pp. 53-106. Northvale, NJ

3) Blum, H. (1979) Curative and Creative Aspects of Insight, Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 27:41-70


Week 10

1) Busch, F. (1999) A diminished role for the ego. In Rethinking Clinical   Technique, pp.19-50. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson

2) Busch, F. (1999) The expanding role of the ego. In Rethinking Clinical Technique , pp. 51-110

3) Pine, F. (1998) The ego in the session. In Diversity and Direction in Psychoanalytic Technique, pp.103-130. New Haven: Yale University Press


The Michigan Psychoanalytic Council
February 11-April 15, 2009
David Klein, Ph.D.


Part I: General Theory of the Neuroses (Weeks1-4)


Week 1

Freud, S. (1917). Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis. Part III: General Theory of the Neuroses. Standard Edition, XVI, p.243-463.


Week 2

Brenner, C. (1955). An Elementary Textbook of Psychoanalysis.  Garden City, NY: Doubleday Anchor Books.

     Chapter 1: Two Fundamental Hypotheses (p.1-15)

     Chapter 2: Psychopathology (p. 191-214)

Brenner, C. (1982). The Mind In Conflict. Madison, CT: Int. U. Press

      Chapter 9: Pathological Compromise Formations (p. 142-161).


McWilliams, N. (1994). Psychoanalytic Diagnosis.

       Chapter 3: Developmental Levels of Personalilty Organization. p.40-66



Week 3

Nagera, H. (1966). Early Childhood Disturbances, The Infantile Neurosis, and the Adulthood Disturbances. NY: Int. U. Press.

     Chapter 5: Neurotic Conflicts (p.48-53)

     Chapter 6: The Infantile Neurosis (p.54-76)

     Chapter 7: Differences and Similarities Between the Infantile and the Adult Neurosis .

     Chapter 8: Childhood Disturbances as the Basis of Adulthood Disturbances


Tyson, P. (1996). Neurosis In Childhood and Analysis. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 44, 143-165.


Week 4

Yorke, C., Wiseberg, S., & Freeman, T. (1985) Development and Psychopathology. New Haven: Yale.

     Chapter 1: Anxiety, Signal Anxiety, and Panic (p. 1-19)

     Chapter 2: Mental Health and Illness in terms of Internal Harmony and Disharmony        (p. 20-31)

     Chapter 3: The Neuroses: A general Introduction (p.32-42)

     Chapter 4: The Symptom Neuroses (p. 43-69)

     Chapter 5: The Character Neuroses (p.70-89)

     Chapter 6: Non-Neurotic Developmental Disorders (p.90-113)




Part II : Three Core Neuroses: Hysteria, Obsessive-Compulsive Neurosis, Depression (Weeks 5-10)


Hysteria (Weeks 5-6)

Shapiro, D. (1965). Neurotic Styles (1965). Basic Books

     Chapter 4: Hysterical Style (p.108-133)


Krohn, A. (1974). Hysteria: The Elusive Neurosis. NY: Int. U. Press

     Chapter 1: Freud’s Theory of Hysteria. (p.9-45)

     Chapter 5: Comprehensive Definition and Case Illustration. (p.212-327)


Obsessive-Compulsive (Weeks 7-8)

Shapiro, D. (1965) Neurotic Styles (1965). Basic Books

     Chapter 2: Obsessive-Compulsive Style (p.23-53)


Nagera, H. (1976) Obsessional Neuroses. 1976. Northvale, NJ: Aronson.

     Chapter 1: Freud’s Formulations (p.17-70)

     Chapter 5: Clinical Examples (p.145-190)

     Chapter 6: Comparing Obsessive and Hysterical Personalities (p.191-196)


Sandler, J. (1987) Obsessional Manifestations In Children. In From Safety To Superego: Seleced Papers of Joseph Sandler, p. `42-153.  NY: Guilford Press. Originally appeared in PSOC, 1965


Miller, S. (1996). Shame in Obsessive-Compulsive Contexts, and Shame in Obsessive-compulsive Personalities: Expanded Contexts. In Shame in Context. (pp.39-86).  Hillsdale, NJ: Analytic Press.


Esman, A.(2001). Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Current Views. In Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 21, 145-156.


Gabbard, G. (2001). Psychoanalytically Informed Approaches to the Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. In Ps;ychoanalytic Inquiry, 21, 208-221.


Shapiro, D. (2001). OCD or Obsessive-Compulsive Character? In Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 21, 242-252.


Lieb, P. (2001). Integrating Behavior Modification and Pharmacotherapy with the Psychoanalytic Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Case Study. In Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 21, 222-241.


Brandchaft, B. (2001). Obsessional Disorders: A Developmental Systems Perspective.

Pscyhoanalytic Inquiry, 21, 253-288.


Depression (Weeks 9-10)


Goldberg, I. (1975). The Evolution of Psychoanalytic Concepts of Depression. In E.J. Anthony & T. Benedek (Eds.) Depression and Human Existence. (p.125-142). Boston: Little, Brown and Company.


Blanck, G. and R. (1974). Ego Psychology. NY: Columbia U. 

Chapter 14, Depression. p.256-281.


Jacobson, E. (1975) The Regulation of Self-Esteem. In Anthony & Benedek, Depression and Human Existence (p.169-182).


E. J. Anthony (1975) Two Contrasting Types of Adolescent Depression and Their Treatment. In Anthony and Benedek, Depression and Human Existence (p. 445-460).



The Michigan Psychoanalytic Council
February 11-April 15, 2009
Lynne G. Tenbusch, Ph.D.



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