THE NEW YORK PSYCHOANALYTIC SOCIETY & INSTITUTE:
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April 4, 2012
The Kindly Ones
by John Littell
Robert April, M.D.
This extraordinary work, which encountered brilliant success in France under the title ‘les Bienveillantes’, earned the Prix Goncourt in 2006, and sparked considerable interest in France. Many volumes have been written about it, including reviews by two analysts, Andre Green and Julia Kristeva. It is a brilliant attempt to approach the study of the Holocaust through the mind of one of its perpetrators. Written as a confession by the narrator – a fictional Gestapo officer – it approaches the psychology of evil both on a historical level (the details of the organization of the Wehrmacht are extremely well researched) and on a personal level mixing dreams fantasies and perversions, which both shock and enlighten the reader. Rarely has a description of evil been portrayed in such detail questioning whether all of us in certain circumstances might also be caught up in its web.
As the book is over 600 pages attendees are strongly urged to read at least the first hundred pages. Actual passages of the book will be examined in detail.
The English version The Kindly Ones is available. Critics in this country generally wrote negative reviews.
Robert April, M.D. is a practicing neurologist. Dr. April earned an MA in French literature at NYU and specializes in the novel of the 19th century, including Zola.
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Information Regarding CE Credit for Psychologists
Educational Objectives: After attending this activity, participants will:
1) understand better the dynamics of evil, its banality and the sociocultural background which made it possible.
2) appreciate the interplay between personal pathology, perversions and acting out.
Who Should Attend: Mental health professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and licensed psychotherapists).
APA-approved CE Credits:
Psychologists: The New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education programs for psychologists. NYPSI maintains responsibility for this program and its content. APA-approved CE credits are granted to participants with documented attendance and completed evaluation forms. Attendance is monitored. Credit will be granted to participants who submit a completed evaluation form and payment as described. It is the responsibility of participants seeking APA-approved CE credits to comply with these requirements.
If you would like CE credit, please notify the instructor and specify your email address. At the end of the program, you will receive an evaluation form. Upon receipt of the completed evaluation form and your payment, you will receive a PDF via email of your CE credits.
Persons with disabilities: The building is wheelchair accessible and has an elevator. Please notify the registrar in advance if you require accommodations.
DISCLOSURE: None of the planners or presenters of this CE program has any relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Information Regarding CME Credit for Physicians
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.
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