Our patients whose developmental history was marked by cumulative relational trauma are often left in a state of endless longing for the abusive, depriving parent’s love. The withheld love is felt as a fatal impediment to living, and some kind of magical reparation from the abuser is imagined as the only hope of being brought back to life. What is often dissociated by these patients, who present a part of themselves that feels like an eternally ruined victim, is the intense frustrated rage they feel. The author describes his work with a profoundly dissociative patient whose powerful rage emerged, toward herself, toward others, and toward the therapist. The author suggests that it is critical to identify this rage and its destructive impact on the patient, her relationships and on the therapy, for the grip of the fantasy of magic reparation to be released.
Daniel Shaw LCSW is faculty and supervisor at The National Institute for the Psychotherapies. He was co-chair of the Continuing Education Committee of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP) from 2005 to 2008. He is the author of many psychoanalytic papers on the themes of analytic love, relational trauma, and narcissism. His book, "Traumatic Narcissism: Relational Systems of Subjugation" is published by Routledge for the Relational Perspectives Series. Daniel is also the author or a chapter called "Intimacy and Ambivalence" in a recent book called "Intimacies: A New World of Relational Life". available on Amazon.com
Daniel did his undergraduate work as a Theatre Major at Northwestern University, class of 1973, and went on to study for five years with Uta Hagen, one of the most highly respected acting teachers in the field. During this period, in addition to performing as actor, director and musician, Daniel helped found the Lexington Conservatory Theatre in Green County, New York, which later became the Capital Rep Theatre Company in Albany, NY.
Before continuing his post-graduate education in psychoanalysis, Daniel was a student of yoga and meditation for more than a decade, living in India for several periods of study, and traveling extensively as an international organiser and manager of yoga education programs. It was out of these experiences that Daniel developed his interest in the study of cults and charismatic leaders.
Daniel currently maintains his psychoanalysis and psychotherapy practices in New York City and in Nyack.
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Students $50 per seminar
Our seminars explore Relational theories and practice, and will be relevant to both experienced clinicians and those beginning to learn about psychoanalytic ideas.