What is Modern Psychoanalysis?
Modern Psychoanalysis emerged from the clinical research of Hyman Spotnitz, as a logical extension of Sigmund Freud’s approach. Freud contended that successful psychoanalytic treatment required a transference relationship developing between patient and therapist. Freud also believed that those who suffer from severe narcissistic disorders, such as schizophrenics, could not be helped by analysis because they were unable to develop a transference relationship or respond to interpretation. However, Spotnitz developed different techniques for treating even severely ill schizophrenic patients. These interventions helped patients develop a narcissistic transference that would lead to the formation of an object transference. Those special techniques became the basis of Modern Psychoanalysis.
Modern Psychoanalysts employ nonthreatening, ego-strengthening techniques that facilitate the narcissistic patient’s capacity to verbalize her/his thoughts and feelings. We maintain appropriate levels of stimulation (or frustration), and respond to the patient’s contact function (when the patient asks the analyst a question) as a guide to intervene. Spotnitz developed numerous interventions, including object-oriented questions, joining and mirroring.
Another cornerstone of Modern Psychoanalysis is working with induced feelings (transference) from the patient. The psychoanalyst’s feelings (countertransference) toward the patient involves detecting subtle changes in a patient by analyzing their own reactions and feelings.
Modern Psychoanalysts also use emotional communications to strengthen patients’ egos and to avoid narcissistic injury. We allow patients to attribute strong, “dangerous” thoughts to the analyst, so those thoughts can be verbalized and explored. This helps patients mature from a narcissistic to a more objective state, even in cases involving dysfunction stemming from preverbal stages, or the most seriously afflicted, primitive psyches.
Part of Our Mission
The mission of the Center for Human Development is to provide intensive clinical training and academic expertise in Modern Psychoanalysis and other schools of thought. The institute offers courses in the history, theory, and technique of psychoanalysis, case supervision and research. The educational experience derives from both emotional and intellectual learning.
We introduce mental healthcare professionals, including social workers, counselors, psychotherapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists, to Modern Psychoanalytic techniques, offering a lively forum for the exchange of ideas. To maintain high professional standards and ethics in the practice of psychoanalysis, in compliance with several external accrediting bodies, we award certificates in psychoanalysis to qualified graduates.
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