This lecture will address the presence and function of damaged internal objects, ghosts of various forms and kinds, that find their way into analytic work. Drawing from the work of Henri Rey and the work on intergenerational transmission of trauma (Faimberg, Apprey, Grand and Salberg and others) I will discuss the often secret and also often unconscious project in analysis where the patient arrives not to change themselves but to repair someone else. Extended clinical examples are also presented.
Adrienne Harris, Ph.D. is the 2017 recipient of the Helen Meyers Traveling Psychoanalytic Scholar Award. This award aims to promote dialogue and shared learning among women in psychoanalysis on women's issues. Dr. Harris is on the Faculty and a Supervisor at New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She is on the faculty and is a supervisor at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California. In 2009, She, Lewis Aron, and Jeremy Safron established the Sandor Ferenczi Center at the New School University. She writes about gender and development, about analytic subjectivity, about ghosts, and about the analysts developing and writing around the period of the First World War.