Sensuality and Sexuality Across the Divide of Shame
An interactive, evening discussion with Dr Joseph D. Lichtenberg
(moderated by Jan McGregor Hepburn)
13 May 2017 (Saturday)
6.00pm – 9.00pm
Sex, according to an anonymous wit, is the joker in the deck. Originally instinctual sexual drive was the wild card at the core of psychic life. More recent mainstream psychoanalytic literature suggests a reduced significance for sexuality. At this engaging discussion with Dr Joseph D. Lichtenberg, we will reframe the dynamic power of sex through a reformulation of the distinction between sensuality and sexuality. We will examine the understated central influence of cultural values that through shaming cause a divide between sensuality as acceptable forms of attachment, love and love making, and sexuality as transgressive and subversive - giving love with lust its especial flavor. The interplay of early attachment configurations, triangulated love, family systems, and clinical challenges will be illustrated via experience–near observations, and personal and clinical stories.
In this unique discussion, Dr. Lichtenberg asks: if sexuality isn’t an instinctual drive, what is it? This question opens many areas of inquiry about adaptive and maladaptive development, attachment, love and lust. Each explored area has the potential of deepening our understanding of the intersubjective interplay in family life, romance, and clinical relatedness.
Drawing on his extensive experience with ego psychology, self-psychology, infant observation, attachment theory, and motivational systems theory, Dr. Lichtenberg will delineate the development of sensuality and sexuality. He introduces the concept of shame as a factor leading to prohibitions that in turn lead to transgressive and subversive elements in sexual fantasy and practices. These elements play a role in development and in therapy.
Many novel proposals in this discussion will interest and intrigue psychotherapists, counselors, psychologists and psychiatrists across modalities. Dr. Lichtenberg questions many established views on sexuality and the complex yet subtle development of intimacy. His focus on the vicissitudes of sensual love – its role in connecting and belonging and the vicissitudes of sexual love – its role in connecting and disrupting – offer pathways for enhancing the depth of our understanding in therapy.
About the speaker
Dr Joseph D. Lichtenberg is a practicing psychoanalyst in Washington, D.C. He received his psychiatric training at Spring Grove State Hospital and the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital where he served as Clinical Coordinator. He has written articles about the psychoses, psychosomatic illnesses, psychoanalytic theory, technique, and applied psychoanalysis. In 1976, as an Adjunct Professor, he taught a course on Biographies written by psychoanalysts at the Humanities Center of the Johns Hopkins University College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Lichtenberg is the chairman of an on-going workshop/seminar on creativity, a member of the International Council of Self Psychology, Corresponding Member of the Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis (Los Angeles), Supervising Analyst of the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity (New York), and the editorial boards of the Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He is on the Board of Directors of the Sandor Ferenczi Institute. He is also on the Advisory Board of the Institute for the Advancement of Self Psychology (Toronto).
He is the Editor-in-Chief of: Psychoanalytic Inquiry and the Psychoanalytic Inquiry Book Series. He is on the faculty of the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, The Washington School of Psychiatry, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University, and a member of the program committee of the American Psychoanalytic Association (1994-1997). He is a Founder and Director Emeritus of the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy (Washington, DC). In addition he is a member of the Advisory Body of ICP in Australia. He is the co-editor of Reflections on Self Psychology (1983), and Empathy I and II (1984), and is the author of "The Talking Cure" (1985), Psychoanalysis and Infant Research (1983), Psychoanalysis and Motivation, (1989), with Frank Lachmann and James Fosshage, Self and Motivational Systems: Toward a Theory of Psychoanalytic Technique (1992), and The Clinical Exchange: Techniques Derived From Self and Motivational Systems (1996)
6:00PM: Session 1: Attachment, Sensuality and Sexuality
6:45PM: Session 2: Clinical Stories and New Perspectives
- New Perspectives: 2 Hooks
- The Subversive Pull: The Transgressive Pull
- The Understated Factor of Power and Possession
7:30PM: Coffee Break
7:45PM: Session 3: The Many Splendors of Love
- The Origins of Love in Early Development
- The Adult Experience of Different Strategies of Attachment Love
- Romantic Love and Lustful Love
- Lust Without Love
- Transference Love
8:20PM: Session 4: Therapeutic Considerations
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