Thanks to Dr. Sara Sheftel, the author of this presentation prepared for
the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies http://www.cmps.edu/ where she is on the faculty.
T 18:40 Spotnitz on the "Talking Cure"
Speech affects the mind and through the mind's physical structure -
the nervous system-the chemistry of the
body. It would probably take hundred's of years to compound the exquisitely precise chemical which each patient needs to get well and stay well. But his
body has its own chemical laboratory; and the psychotherapist, through his words and
attitudes, tries to stimulate it to produce
those chemicals. The personality can be
employed an infinite number of ways to
create different psychological effects
and control the dosages for each patient and situations. To advance
the science and art of producing psychological stimuli is the concern of
the research minded practioner.
Why is Hyman Spotnitz never mentioned in the psychoanalytic literature when his achievements were so outstanding? Spotnitz, the founder of modern psychoanalysis took classical analysis further with a special interest in those patients that Sigmund Freud considered incurable. In this show Paula Gloria reads a power point presentation with highlights from Spotnitz's books, "Modern Psychoanalysis and the Schizophrenic Patient" and statements Spotnitz, made about his work. Hyman Spotnitz was a practicing psychiatrist at the Jewish Board of Guardian in the '40's and '50's. Because his cure involved no medication, a big profit maker in today's health (non) care, he was persona non grata with Big Pharma that funds educational institutions. Rare jewels like the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies on 10th street need to be supported and is where Paula Gloria was lucky enough to spend time listening his 1979 lectures. He was the mentor of Dr. Jane G. Goldberg, a valued client of Paula's whose ground breaking work with Reality TV Group Therapy is putting his theory into practice and is starting to produce cures (much to the amazement of those understandably skeptical about the unconventional TV setting).
The goal of Modern
The patient who has
emerges in a state of
emotional maturity, with
the fully symphony of
human emotions at his
with psychic energy, he
pleasure of performing
at his full potential.
When this state as been
achieved its ultimate