Renowned psychoanalyst Estelle Shane, one of the twelve founders of the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, is a loved and respected figure in the contemporary psychoanalytic world. Her influence has inspired generations of psychoanalysts in their creative clinical and theoretical endeavors. On the occasion of her 90th birthday, this program will feature presentations by five psychoanalysts who have been influenced by Dr. Shane's contributions over the many decades of her career. With the overarching theme of creativity in the clinical process, the presenters will offer a varied selection of original contributions.
William J. Coburn will set the stage for our program by describing the evolution of his own ideas about complexity theory over the past 25 years, illustrating ways in which complexity theory is implicated in the vicissitudes of human relationships and their corresponding moments of creativity. Next, two clinical phenomena will be featured. Joan A. Friedman will present "A Twin’s Dilemma: Being Noticed or Being Known," in which she will describe the specific developmental experiences of twins. Christina Emanuel will consider another clinical phenomenon in her presentation entitled, "Third Wave Autism," in which she will describe the creative possibilities that emerge when we consider autism phenomenologically.
The final two papers are a pair. Daniel Goldin will first present on the "invitation to intimacy" offered by cognitive psychologist and philosopher Jerome Bruner's narrative mode of human knowing. Joye Weisel-Barth, PhD, PsyD, will follow, with her presentation, "Empathy as an Act of Creative Imagination," in which she too will take up narrative construction in the psychoanalytic process.