While psychoanalysis is replete with theories of mental functioning, motivation, and the vicissitudes of relationality, it is generally agreed that a conceptualization of actual practice is a relative orphan and tends to be assumed and is derivative of those theories. There is proposed here a model which begins with “Motivation” (or “desire”) rather than motivations) and “Lack” and all that follows clinically from those basic truths. The basic ontological facts of “Lack” and “Desire” lead to crucial clinical implications. Furthermore, Wilson’s perspective provides a powerful lens through which the essentially ethical nature of psychoanalytic praxis becomes crystal clear. These ideas will be summarized, and we will point to a new and (to our minds) revolutionary text
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Sam Izenberg, M.D., is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Toronto. He is on the faculty of the TICP and chair of the Ethics Committee of the TSCP/TICP.
Karl Loszak, M.D., is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Toronto. He is working part-time at the University of Toronto towards a doctorate in the history of science, technology and medicine, with a focus on the life and work of Harry Stack Sullivan.
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