Phylogenetic Transmission, a Freudian concept lingering in the shadows of the Transgenerational Transmission of Trauma
The long-forgotten, or nearly cast aside idea of phylogenetic heritage will be unearthed and its multifarious history retraced in the entire work of Sigmund Freud. While Freud’s colleagues discouraged him to hold onto this Lamarckian idea, he held steadfast and maintained until the end of his life that the individual has access to a pre-historic truth that brings him in touch with the life of his ancestors. While the enormous literature on The Transgenerational Transmission of Trauma has largely ignored the concept of the phylogenetic heritage, recent findings in the field of epigenetics seem to sustain Freud’s controversial theory.
Between the Artist’s Studio and the Psycho-Analytic Office: A Comparison of Lucian Freud and Sigmund Freud’s Interior Spaces
Even though Freud’s grandchildren did not show a great interest in their grandfather’s work and cast their attention to other occupations, Lucian Freud, the world famous painter and son of Ernst Freund (Freud’s fourth child) developed unconsciously, I will argue, a very similar style of composing his portraits to the way his grandfather staged his analyses. Surprising affinities between their separate working styles will be discussed in this talk.
This event is an accredited group learning activity (section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA). The specific opinions and content of this event are not necessarily those of the CPA, and are the responsibility of the organizer(s) alone. This program meets the criteria for 4 CME credits.
- Participants will learn about the history of the Freudian idea of phylogenetic heritage.
- Participants will receive an overview of the copious literature about the transgenerational transmission of trauma and learn about the possible links to Freud’s controversial idea about a phylogenetic heritage;
- Participants will learn about recent findings in the field of epigentics and uncover the powerful connections to Freud’s early findings about the individual’s capacity to form links to a pre-historic past.
- Participants will learn about Lucian Freud’s (1922-2011) work and his particular working style of posing his subjects for his paintings;
- Participants will receive an overview of Freud’s essential technical rules of how to conduct a psychoanalytic treatment;
- Participants will learn about the important commonalities of the transference-countertransference dynamics both in the conduct of a psychoanalytic treatment and the staging of a painterly portrait.
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Schedule for the day
|9:30 am||Introduction of speaker (Dr. Judi Kobrick)|
|9:40am||“Phylogenetic Transmission, a Freudian concept lingering in the shadows of the Transgenerational Transmission of Trauma ” Dr. Jeanne Wolff-Bernstein|
|10:00 am||Dialogue between audience and Dr. Wolff-Bernstein|
|12:30 pm||“Between the Artist’s Studio and the Psycho-Analytic Office: A Comparison of Lucian Freud and Sigmund Freud’s Interior Spaces” Dr. Jeanne Wolff-Bernstein|
|1:30 pm||Audience Discussion and dialogue with Dr. Wolff-Bernstein|
|2:30pm||Closing remarks (Dr. Kobrick)|