The Psychoanalytic Mind: From Monad to Intersubjective Field with Marianna Adler, PhD, FABP

  • 05 Sep 2018
  • 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Austin Energy Building at 721 Barton Springs Road


Abstract:  Recent Psychoanalytic writings have revised classic psychoanalytic models of the unconscious to take account of what we now recognize as the intersubjective nature of mind.  This presentation reviews the way intersubjective theories have effected our understanding of the origin and nature of mind and the implications for our clinical work.  Beginning with Freud's Topographical and later Structural model, this presentation looks at how some of Freud's most basic concepts were reworked and reconceptualized by the French psychoanalyst Jean Laplanche and the Italian analysts departing from and expanding on the ideas of Wilford Bion so as to take account of the intersubjective foundations of human consciousness.

Dr. Adler, Ph.D., is a psychoanalyst practicing in Austin, Texas. She is a Training and Supervising Analyst with the Houston Center for Psychoanalytic Studies where she teaches both Psychoanalytic Candidates and Psychotherapy Trainees.

Learning Objectives:

After attending the program in it's entirety, attendees will be able to:

1. Explain Freud's theory of the Repressed Unconscious and it's technical implications

2. Describe how the theory of the unconscious, as posited by Jean LaPlanche, is founded on the infant's internalization of the "enigmatic other."

3. Describe the model of mind proposed by Bion and developed further by analysts working within Bionian Field Theory.


1. Civitarese, Giuseppe 2016 Truth and the Unconscious in Psychoanalysis

2. Gammelgaaard, J. (2003) "the Unconscious: A re-reading of the Freudian Concept," in Scandinavian Psychoanalytic Review, 26(1): 11-12.

3. de Azevedo, A.A. (2000) Substantive Unconscious and Adjective Unconscious: The contribution of Wilfred Bion. Journal of Analytical Psychology, 45(1): 75-91

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