The Grand Unified Theory of Unhappiness
Physicists speak of an elusive “grand unified theory” that would be capable of explaining how all the forces of nature interact. In this talk I want to consider the twentieth-century’s search for a “grand unified theory of unhappiness,” a search that combined psychoanalysis with Marxism in an ultimately futile attempt to understand why so many of us are so miserable so much of the time. At the center of this talk will be the concept of “repression,” which for most of the century dominated psychoanalysis and radical politics alike.
Ben Kafka, PhD:
Ben Kafka teaches critical theory at NYU and sees patients in private practice. He came to IPTAR through the Respecialization Program
–Participants will be able to describe a central concept in psychoanalytic theory
-Participants will be able to explain the main divisions in the debates over how to address this problem within psychoanalysis.
-Participants will gain a deeper understanding of implicit assumptions in their own clinical practices.
Teaching Method: Lecture and Discussion.
This paper is open only to the IPTAR community–all members, candidates and externs are warmly invited.
Social Workers: Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, Inc. (IPTAR) SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0226. ( 2 ) CE credits will be granted to participants who have registered , have documented evidence of attendance of the entire program and have completed the on-line evaluation form. Upon completion of the evaluation form a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to all participants who comply with these requirements. CE Administrative Fee: $15.00 payable at the event.