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The Pleasures and Perils of Imagination: D.W. Winnicott's Living Legacy with Dodi Goldman, Ph.D.
Event Start Date: 1/26/2018 7:30 PM
Event End Date: 1/27/2018 12:00 PM

The Pleasures and Perils of Imagination: D.W. Winnicott's Living Legacy
Dodi Goldman, Ph.D.
January 26 and 27, 2018
Friday evening & Saturday morning
University of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98105

In this weekend conference, Dr. Goldman discusses the pleasures and perils of imagination.  Taking as a starting point D.W. Winnicott’s belief that psychic life is imbued with a vigor called “primary creativity,” Dr. Goldman demonstrates the ongoing relevance of this idea to the practice of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.
Dr. Goldman is the author of a widely acclaimed study of Winnicott, In Search of the Real: The Origins and Originality of D.W. Winnicott, and editor of an anthology, In One’s Bones: The Clinical Genius of D.W. Winnicott. In his most recent book, A Beholder’s Share: Essays on Winnicott and the Psychoanalytic Imagination, he suggests that fantasy creates versions of what is already known while imagination allows what seems familiar to be seen afresh. “A sense of reality,” Goldman claims, “is evoked in the unpredictable space between imagination and adaptation.”
On Friday evening, Dr. Goldman uses details from analytic work with a woman who has intense religious experiences to explore the uses and abuses of imagination. He suggests that imagination and reality, though usually thought of as opposites, actually make necessary, if uneasy, bedfellows. Goldman explores what happens when there are serious clashes of belief between patient and therapist.
On Saturday morning, Dr. Goldman will give two talks. The first, “Winnicott’s Re-imagining of Reality,” looks at the link between Winnicott’s theoretical contribution and his own personal struggles. In a private letter to his mentor and colleague, Melanie Klein, Winnicott suggested that there was much to be learned about the “inherent human difficulty in regard to contact with reality” from his own “illness.” Goldman shows how Winnicott found, in the Romantic poets Wordsworth and Coleridge, something missing from psychoanalytic thinking: an appreciation of the delicate area between what is perceived and what is conceived.

Dr. Goldman’s second talk, “Faking It,” takes a novel look at a familiar human experience: the awkward discomfort of feeling that one is a fake. How does this subjective experience relate to questions of “healthy” dissociation and connection to others? May feelings of fakery sometimes actually signal healthy strivings? Drawing upon personal, literary, and analytic examples, Dr. Goldman makes a plea for an appreciative view of varieties of “faking it.”

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Refund policy: If you are unable to attend, please contact SPSI at least two weeks before the event to receive a refund of your registration fee, less a $15 processing charge. If SPSI cancels the event, pre-registrants will receive a full refund.

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