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Resuscitating Freud's First Paradigm of Psychoanalysis

Friday, October 11, 2013 at 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center 55 West 13th Street, Room I-202, New York, NY 10011

Resuscitating Freud's First Paradigm of Psychoanalysis:
The Remarkable View of the World as Seen Through the Lens of an Evolutionary / Adaptive Approach.

Featuring Robert J. Langs, MD with an introduction given by Arthur Pomponio, PhD, President, NPAP Training Institute,

Dr. Langs will present clinical and theoretical evidence for two distinctive paradigms of psychoanalysis. Both were developed by Sigmund Freud who renounced his trauma-centered position in favor of one that focused on inner needs. Differences between the two approaches will be stressed as they pertain to clinical understanding and practice, as well as to the links between psychoanalysis, biology, and human historyThe biographical underpinnings of the thinking of both Freud and the presenter will be considered: Freud traveled from death to sex, while the presenter traveled in the opposite direction. 

Robert J. Langs is a psychiatrist and a psychoanalyst who has developed an adaptation-centered paradigm of psychoanalysis in which trauma, death anxiety, and universal archetypes play a central role. His recent books are Beyond Yahweh and Jesus: Bringing Death's Wisdom to Faith, Spirituality, and Psychoanalysis (2008) and Freud on a Precipice: How Freud's Fate Pushed Psychoanalysis Over the Edge (2010). He is in private practice in New York City. 

This event is co-sponsored by the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis and the Psychology Department in the School of Undergraduate Studies at The New School for Public Engagement

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This event is free and open to the public; no reservations required; seating is first come, first served.

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