NJI Annual Conference
A Beholder’s Share: Winnicott and the Psychoanalytic Imagination
Guest Speaker: Dodi Goldman, Ph.D.
It is a curious matter that Freud, whose entire body of work can be read as a disquisition on imagination, was reluctant to acknowledge its place in psychic life. For Freud, imagination, like play, is “the opposite of… what is real.”
D.W.Winnicott challenged this view. There must be more to psychic life, he argued, than the bleak pursuit of serial substitutions. Taking as a starting point Winnicott’s assertion that the human predicament involves “an inherent difficulty in regard to contact with external reality,” this talk considers developmental and therapeutic aspects of imaginative life.
Participants will be invited to share their impressions of a series of pictures to consider how imaginative horizons carry both pleasures and perils.
1. Participants will have a better understanding of Winnicott’s notion of “primary creativity.”
2. Participants will distinguish between fantasy and imagination
3. Participants will learn about the earliest developmental roots of imaginative life.
Dodi Goldman, Ph.D., is a Training and Supervising Analyst and on the Faculty of the William Alanson White Institute. He authored In Search of the Real: the origins and originality of D.W. Winnicott, edited and wrote an introduction to In One’s Bones: the clinical genius of D.W. Winnicott, and is the former book review editor of the journal Contemporary Psychoanalysis. His latest book, A Beholder’s Share: essays on Winnicott and the Psychoanalytic Imagination, won the 2017 Gradiva Award for Best Psychoanalytic Book. Dodi maintains a private practice and study groups in Manhattan and in Great Neck, NY.