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From the Abyss of Loneliness to the Bliss of Solitude: Cultural, Social and Psychoanalytic Perspectives

With: Aleksandar Dimitrijevic, Michael Buchholz, and Jay Frankel

February 4, 2023
12 p.m. NY time
ONLINE via Zoom

Moderator: Carlo Bonomi, ISFN President

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From the Abyss of Loneliness to the Bliss of Solitude: Cultural, Social and Psychoanalytic Perspectives“Highlighting the pervasive presence of painful loneliness and a comparable absence of contemplative solitude in our modern society, Dimitrijevic and Buchholz offer us a multifaceted text on these important human experiences. They have enlisted a roster of distinguished international colleagues who, together with the two editors themselves, elucidate various aspects of loneliness in adults and children, deploying the perspectives of epidemiology, neurology, child developmental studies, psychiatry, and psychoanalysis. The result is a nuanced tapestry of thought that underscores the tragedy of psychic isolation as well as the triumph of regenerative retreat from the cacophony of constant interaction. This is a superb addition to our literature!”
Salman Akhtar, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Jefferson Medical College, Training & Supervising Analyst, Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia

Aleksandar Dimitrijević, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst. He works as a lecturer at the International Psychoanalytic University and in private practice in Berlin. He has given lectures, seminars, university courses, and conference presentations throughout Europe and the US. He is the author of many conceptual and empirical papers about attachment theory and research, psychoanalytic education, psychoanalysis and the arts, some of which were translated into German, Hungarian, Italian, Slovenian, Spanish, and Turkish. He has also edited or co-edited twelve books or special journal issues. His next projects are the three-volume Hearing Silencing (co-edited with Michael B. Buchholz) and Balint-Jones Correspondence, both to be published by Phoenix.

Michael B. Buchholz, fully trained psychoanalyst, social scientist, former Professor for social psychology and head of the dissertation program at IPU (International Psychoanalytic University), Berlin, Germany; now Senior-Professor at IPU and head of “Junctim”, the first affiliate institute at IPU https://junktim.online. Michael has practical interest in clinical psychology, worked more than 20 years as a family therapist and trained clinicians and social workers in family therapy. He wrote about metaphors in clinical talk and deepened his interest in linguistics, organized many conferences about “talk and cure” in order to better understand the performance of healing conversation. His interests in social science led him to give lectures about pandemics in history and therefrom results the loneliness- project together with Aleksandar Dimitrijevic.

Jay Frankel is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst, an Adjunct Associate Professor and Clinical Consultant in New York University’s Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and an Associate Editor for the journal Psychoanalytic Dialogues. He is a co-editor of the book Sándor Ferenczi’s Influence on Contemporary Psychoanalytic Traditions (Routledge, 2018), co-author of Relational Child Psychotherapy (Other Press, 2002), and author of dozens of journal articles and book chapters on topics including the work of Sándor Ferenczi, psychological trauma, play, the therapeutic relationship, authoritarianism, and others. He is in private practice.


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