SAVE THE DATE: IPTAR’s Investigative Section and Program Committee The Contributions of Haydée Faimberg January 11, 2013

Preliminary Announcement

IPTAR’s Investigative Section and Program Committee are very pleased to announce an evening devoted to

The Contributions of Haydée Faimberg


Haydée Faimberg
Mary Libbey
Jay Frankel

We are very fortunate that Dr. Faimberg will join us to present an overview of her important contributions. Haydée Faimberg, MD, a leading light of psychoanalysis based in Paris, has pioneered the exploration of the narcissistic links between generations—how parents’ (and grandparents’) narcissistic solutions to their own problems of self-regulation are forced into the minds of the next generation through the parents appropriation of what is positive in the child, and intrusion into the child of what is negative in themselves. The narcissistically disturbed aspects of parents hate their child both because she is a separate person and because she has come to contain what the parents reject in themselves.

In response, the child identifies with the narcissistic modes of functioning that have been forced into her and with her parents’ attributions about who she is, and takes on her parents’ history rather than her own, resulting in the partial death of her own psychic life. These “alienated identifications” are found in all analysands and all people, to some extent—most clearly in patients with grossly disturbed parents—and it generally takes a long time, and growing trust of the positive links with one’s parents, before this
narcissistic core can find its voice in analytic treatment. This dance always involves three generations.

Dr. Faimberg goes on to explore central clinical issues illuminated by these ideas. She elaborates the narcissistic dimension of the oedipal configuration. She provides a framework for the particular way she has developed of listening to patients: listening to how patients listen to their analysts’ interpretations. Dr. Faimberg’s conceptual framework has also led her to explore the powerful impact of deceit and secrets, and of what is unspoken.

Following Dr. Faimberg’s talk, Drs. Mary Libbey and Jay Frankel will respond to Dr. Faimberg’s work, and there will be ample time for discussion among the presenters and all those who attend.

Date: Friday evening, January 11, 2013
Location: TBA

Further details will be forthcoming shortly.

Jay Frankel
Janice Lieberman

Haydée Faimberg, M.D., is a Training and Supervising Analyst (SPP, APA). She is a former Vice-President of the IPA. She is in private practice in Paris. Using a concept she initially coined for listening in the session, she created what came to be called the “Haydée Faimberg ‘listening to listening’ method for clinical group
discussions.” She has written on transmission between generations, psychic consequences of Nazism in psychoanalytic patients, Lewis Carroll and Italo Calvino, and is a contributing author to 15 books. Her main book is: The Telescoping of Generations: Listening to the Narcissistic Links between Generations, London and New York: Routledge, 2005. Dr. Faimberg was the recipient of the “Haskell Norman Award” for 2005.


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