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Connections and Conversation is a free monthly Zoom meeting, cultivating creativity and freedom of thought and feeling. We invite you to engage with our presenters and community as they share their interests and passions in conversation on current topics in psychoanalysis.

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On Courage and Solidarity Universality and Particularism in Psychoanalysis: Israel’s Tragedy as a Test-Case

Saturday, January 18th, 2025 from 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM PT

The deepest psychological disaster is the loss of faith in a path. The loss of faith in the Buddha nature of every person. In the space of psychoanalysis, the loss of faith is the nihilistic abandonment of belief in empathy. When this loss of faith in the way permeates the collective selfhood, we stand on the brink of a psychological catastrophe, resulting in the total destruction of the ethics and culture of solidarity and consequently even the physical existence of the humanity known to us and possibly even our planet. Israel and the Palestinians of this era have lost faith in the possibility of peace between them, and this tragic narcissistic regression brings the Israeli and Palestinian selves to the scorched archaic regions of almost total fragmentation. Under the holistic umbrella of self-psychology and, even more so, of self-object psychology, this article proposes the belief in a transcendent reality that offers us disillusionment from war and a return to peace. Psychoanalysis is a wonder, and those who dedicate their lives to it as patients and therapists require the courage for human solidarity. This is the crucial role of psychoanalysis in these troubled times, and we must not abandon it, lest we commit the sin of the `betrayal of psychoanalysts` — the sin of giving up on total empathy.
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Raanan Kulka

Clinical psychologist; Training psychoanalyst, The Israel Psychoanalytic Society, and the Israel Institute for Psychoanalysis; Founding member and former chairperson of the Israel Association for Self Psychology and the Study of Subjectivity, IASPS; Head, Human Spirit: Psychoanalytic-Buddhist Training Program of the IASPS. Kohut`s Memorial Lecture, 42nd IAPSP Conference, Vancouver 2019. Author of two books` introductory chapters: a) Tragedy and Transformation: Israel`s Contribution to Psychoanalysis; b) The Solution of an Historical Riddle: Self Psychology and Child Psychoanalysis (in press). Two writing projects in preparation: a) Meditating Kohut: Revisiting the Chicago lectures. B) The Future Shore: Selfobject Psychology.

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