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Friday Night Guest Lecture with John Kerr
Austen Riggs Center
Do you have a mental problem, Doctor Sullivan?
DESCRIPTION OF PRESENTER: Trained as a clinical psychologist, John Kerr was senior editor at The Analytic Press for many years. He is the author of A Dangerous Method: The Story of Jung, Freud, and Sabina Spielrein, which has recently been made into a David Cronenberg film, and co-editor of Attachment Theory: Social, Developmental, and Clinical Perspectives. Currently, Kerr works as a private editor for mental health professionals and is writing a play and a professional book about Harry Stack Sullivan.
DESCRIPTION OF EVENT: In his lifetime, Harry Stack Sullivan was credited as the originator of Interpersonal Psychiatry; he is now also seen as a wellspring for Interpersonal Psychoanalysis. However, at the time of his death in 1949, he had published only one book, a collection of reprinted lectures. The three books for which he is now known were in fact cobbled together posthumously by an editorial committee working from transcripts of his lectures and seminars. But the material used represents only a fraction of what survives. This lecture will explore the remaining material to clarify Sullivan’s ideas in new ways and to outline his approach to intensive psychotherapy, an approach which anticipates more recent developments but also differs from them in surprising ways. Sullivan was a gifted thinker, with a keen eye for scientific and epistemological issues, as well as a talented lecturer. This lecture will offer the opportunity, so to speak, of hearing him in his own voice.
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Kuklick, B. (1980). Harry Stack Sullivan and American Intellectual Life. Contemp. Psychoanal., 16:307-319.
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