2019 - 2020 Scientific Meetings

Michael Levin, PsyD, Chair
Michael Bronzo, MD, Beth Steinberg, PhD and J. Marc Wallis, LCSW, Committee Members

The SFCP Scientific Meetings present new work in, or relevant to, psychoanalytic theory, technique and applied psychoanalysis. SFCP members, visiting psychoanalysts and scholars present recent papers, which are then formally discussed, followed by group discussion with the audience. All SFCP members, candidates, and community members are welcome free of charge. Meetings take place on the second Monday of the month unless otherwise noted.

The Haskell Norman Prize for Excellence in Psychoanalysis

Program Title: Sigismund Schlomo Freud: Speculation and Wisdom
Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019
Time: 10:00am - 12:00noon
Recognizee: Stanley Steinberg, MD for excellence in psychoanalysis
Presenter: Professor Harold Bloom will present this lecture remotely via ZOOM.
Moderator: Charles Fisher, MD
Location: San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Note: This lecture is cancelled and we hope to reschedule this for another date.

Following Ludwig Wittgenstein, Harold Bloom learned to speak of “The Freudian Speculation”. Departing from Wittgenstein, with the intention of praising of Freud’s wisdom, Bloom describes Freud's eminence as the major literary essayist since Montaigne and Goethe. Freud hoped to create a new science of mind. He did and did not succeed in that hope. Psychoanalysis is itself an interpretation more than it is a method of interpretation. Can there be a science of anxiety? One has to be skeptical but Freud is inescapable for any answer to that strange question. Freud was obsessed with Moses. It was almost an identity.

Freud remains our best guide to the problem of authority and how it is transferred from past to present. The Freudian theory of the drives, their relation to the mechanisms of defense, and to the formation of the bodily ego are traced by me to their prophetic origins in the Book of Jeremiah. Sado-masochism, aggressivity, and their relation to the primary process is outlined.

The lecture concludes by comparing Freud to Goethe, Montaigne, and above all to Shakespeare, who was a perpetual source of inspiration and of anxiety to the founder of psychoanalysis.

Harold Bloom
Harold Bloom is the Sterling Professor of the Humanities and Professor of English at Yale University. He is the author of a 2019 book, Possessed by Memory – The Inward Light of Criticism. His many other books, include Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human, The American Canon: Literary Genius from Emerson to Pynchon, How to Read and Why, Genius: A Mosaic of One Hundred Exemplary Creative Minds, and The Anxiety of Influence: A Theory of Poetry. In 1985, he received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship Award, citing his “profound impact on the study of Western literature and poetry.” He describes a “lifetime agon with the sublime Solomon Freud, to give him his true name.” His article, “Freud, the Greatest Modern Writer,” appeared in the New York Times in 1986.

Stanley Steinberg, M.D.
Stanley Steinberg, M.D., a Training and Supervising Analyst at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis since 1965, has been sought after as an analyst and supervisor by generations of psychoanalysts. His 2019 book, My Life and Other Stories, is a remarkably candid, warm, and profound account of his life and his friendships. His publications include, “Tragic Absurdity in the Music of Gustav Mahler,” and “Sarah Stein: The Woman Who Brought Matisse to San Francisco: A Memoir: Learning About Art and the Art of Psychoanalysis.” While serving as Chief of Psychiatry of the Ryukyuan Command in Okinawa after World War II, he worked closely with Okinawa artists in the Nishimui Artist Colony. Painting to Live by Jane Dulay catalogs their work. His current painting group, Presidio Artists, has met for 15 years.

 

Educational Objectives:
Participants will be able to
  • describe how and why Sigmund Freud remains our best guide to the problem of authority and how it is transferred from past to present.
  • recognize and explain how the Freudian theory of the drives, their relation to the mechanisms of defense, and to the formation of the bodily egocan be traced to their prophetic origins in the Book of Jeremiah.

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PHYSICIANS: The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis designates this educational activity for a maximum of 2 credits as listed for each individual program, AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certification in Continuing Medical Education.

LCSWs/MFTs: The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis is an entity recognized by the Board of Behavioral Sciences to provide Continuing Education Credits pursuant to Section 1887.4.3.

PSYCHOLOGISTS: Psychologists attending SFCP events approved for CME credits may report AMA PRA Category 1Credit(s)™ toward their CE requirements. Psychologists self-certify the number of hours they have completed on their renewal form (whether online or paper). The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

REGISTERED NURSES: The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP 02677) on an hour for hour basis.

SFCP is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SFCP maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.

Commercial Support: None

Faculty Disclosure: All moderators and planning committee members have disclosed NO financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with commercial companies who have provided products or services, relating presentation(s) or commercial support for this continuing medical education activity. All conflicts of interest have been resolved in accordance with the ACCME Updated Standards for Commercial Support.