NYU Postdoc Colloquium The Too Muchness of Excitement and The Birth of Desire Jessica Benjamin & Galit Atlas (Oct 17, 2014)


The Independent Track Fall Colloquium

The Too Muchness of Excitement and The Birth of Desire

Jessica Benjamin
Galit Atlas

Friday, October 17th


NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South
Room 802

This presentation brings together contemporary thinking about early attachment and affect regulation with our clinical and theoretical understanding of the problems of adult sexuality. Linked to recent theoretical developments, the clinical material and discussion will helps to grasp the relationship between sexual excitement and early affect. Clinical cases will be presented to illustrate this connection between attachment trauma, anxiety about sexuality, as well as shameful experiences of gender identity as an area of trauma. The discussion will emphasize the importance of working through of enactments and ruptures related to overstimulation, as well as the delicate balance of attention to fantasy and intersubjective work in the transference.

Galit Atlas Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst, creative arts therapist and clinical supervisor in private practice in New York City. She is on the faculty at NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, faculty at the Four Year Adult and the National Training Programs at NIP, and faculty at the Institute for Expressive Analysis. She serves on the editorial board of Psychoanalytic Perspectives, is on the board of directors of the Division (39) of psychoanalysis, APA, and is the author of articles and book chapters that focus primarily on gender and sexuality. Galit teaches ongoing private study and supervision groups. Her book “Enigmatic Knowing- Sexuality, Intimacy and the Ways we Listen,” will be published by Routledge’s Relational Perspectives Book Series next year.

Jessica Benjamin Ph.D. is a supervisor and faculty member of the Relational Track at NYU Postdoc as well as the Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies. She is known as a contributor to the development of relational psychoanalysis and its interrelation with feminism as well as the theory of intersubjectivity. She is the author of three books: The Bonds of Love; Like Subjects, Love Objects; and Shadow of the Other. Her most frequently cited article is “Beyond Doer and Done to: an Intersubjective view of Thirdness (Psa. Quarterly 2004). She is currently compiling her essays into a new book on Recognition Theory. She has been part of the relational psychoanalytic movement from its inception, helping to found the relational track at NYU Postdoc, the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, the journal Studies in Gender and Sexuality and the Mitchell Center for Relational Studies where she currently serves on the board.


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