In this weekend conference, Dr. Goldman discusses the pleasures and perils of imagination. Taking as a starting point D.W. Winnicott’s belief that psychic life is imbued with a vigor called “primary creativity,” Dr. Goldman demonstrates the ongoing relevance of this idea to the practice of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.
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Dr. Goldman is the author of a widely acclaimed study of Winnicott, In Search of the Real: The Origins and Originality of D.W. Winnicott, and editor of an anthology, In One’s Bones: The Clinical Genius of D.W. Winnicott. In his most recent book, A Beholder’s Share: Essays on Winnicott and the Psychoanalytic Imagination, he suggests that fantasy creates versions of what is already known while imagination allows what seems familiar to be seen afresh. “A sense of reality,” Goldman claims, “is evoked in the unpredictable space between imagination and adaptation.”
Dr. Goldman is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, & Psychology in NYC. He was the former book review editor of the journal, Contemporary Psychoanalysis, and maintains a private practice in Manhattan and in Great Neck, NY.