The Association for Psychoanalytic Medicine

Schedule of Lectures

2015 Spring | September 24th, 2014 @ 11:47pm

January 6, 2015 8pm • Conceptualizing and Working with Shame in Transference-Focused Psychotherapy for Narcissistic Personalities

Presenter: Barry Stern, PhD

Discussant: Eve Caligor, MD


Our patients’ experience of shame, and the management of shame in the clinical situation, is the subject of extensive discussion in the analytic literature. The conceptualization of shame across various psychoanalytic orientations, however, is varied, with a particular under-theorization of the concept in the object relations literature. Dr. Stern will review of some of the analytic discussions of shame, with particular reference to the relationship between shame and pathological narcissism. Dr. Stern will discuss some of the obstacles to our attending to shame dynamics, and how aspects of Transference-Focused Psychotherapy (TFP) can help successfully manage these dynamics with our more challenging narcissistic patients. Barry Stern, Ph.D. is Associate Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is course chair and instructor for the Transference Focused Psychotherapy for Personality Disorders course at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. He has published and presented nationally and internationally on the subject of personality evaluation and the treatment of personality disorders. Dr. Caligor is Training and Supervising Analyst at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. She has authored many books and articles, including Handbook of Dynamic Psychotherapy for Higher Level Personality Pathology (American Psychiatric Press, 2007).

 Lecture Location: New York Academy of Medicine, 2 East 103rd Street at 5th Avenue

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