False Memory and Early Childhood Sexual Abuse – Two Distinctive Differences in Understanding and Intervention
Dr. Jeffrey Prager. Thursday November 21, 2013 8 PM–10 PM free admission.
New Center for Psychoanalysis / 2014 Sawtelle Blvd / Los Angeles, CA / 90025
Dr. Prager reports on his encounter with 10 Israeli analysts from The Winnicott Center in Tel Aviv who responded to case material he published in Presenting the Past, Psychoanalysis and the Sociology of Misremembering (Harvard 1998). Dr. Prager offers his response to his Israeli critics, first presented in June 2013 in Tel Aviv. He focuses especially on dramatic differences between Israeli and American psychoanalysis concerning 1) the links between dissociation and trauma and 2) the possibility of false memories of past abuse. Dr. Prager suggests that differences in psychoanalytic understanding and technique derive from an ongoing concern in the United States with the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorders in contrast to Israeli society continually dealing instead with in-the-present traumatic situations and their overwhelming reality. The result is the creation of two different psychoanalytic cultures yielding two distinctive approaches in treatment. This psychoanalytic exchange was sponsored in part by the Leonard J. Comess, MD Israel Teaching Fund.
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