Psychobiography Reading Group
of the Psychohistory Forum
7th Meeting
March 30th, 2024 (11:00am – 1pm EDT; room opens at 10:30 am)

For our 7th meeting, we will be READING:

  1. D. W. Winnicott & Masud Khan (2008). POEMS AND OTHER WORKS. Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 5(2), 91-97.
    https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/av96zl7h76swmmgqef0rp/Winnicott-and-Khan-Poems-and-Other-Works.pdf?rlkey=kpec186uwuy7xwkuh51ur6y9d&dl=0
  2. B. Kahr (2011). The Biographical Roots of Winnicott’s HATE in COUNTER-TRANSFERENCE. American Imago, 68(2), 173-211. https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/er9ryzw4djr0j26wqouit/Kahr-B.-The-Biographical-Roots-of-Winnicott-s-HATE-in-COUNTERTRANSFERENCE.pdf?rlkey=z0grchzq5yf7cxp2w7j9j2yqz&dl=0
  3. D.W. Winnicott (1949). Hate in the Counter-Transference. International Journal of Psycho-Analysis,30, 69-74. https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/t3opiuwqrsj4fg0dz0o7g/Winnicott-D.W.-1949-.-Hate-in-the-Counter-Transference.docx?rlkey=8w4z1zpcefn2rnpq6o3xbymkm&dl=0
  4. R. Ehrlich (2021). Winnicott’s Idea of the False Self: Theory as Autobiography. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association 69(1), 75-108. https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/mz4jpnshbtv2hqoqwm8rs/Ehrlich-2021-Winnicott-s-idea-of-the-false-self-theory-as-autobiography.pdf?rlkey=xawlemrv21rxuiydql315ih90&dl=0

Although none of these readings represents a psychobiography in a traditional sense, all of the materials are indeed autopsychobiographical (e.g., young Winnicott’s letter to his mother and his poem, The Tree, dedicated to his mother and the mother-child relationship) and psychobiographical (Kahr’s investigation of the biographical roots of Winnicott’s work on hate, as well as Ehrlich’s investigation of Winnicott’s theories as the auto-psycho-biographies).

The Psychobiography Research and Publication Group of the Psychohistory Forum, with the strong support of Inna Rozentsvit and Ken Fuchsman, has created the virtual Psychobiography Reading Group. Our expectation is that we will meet once in two months and that we should work hard to keep this as a serious psychoanalytic approach to psychobiography. Subsequently, our focus will be on classic works of psychodynamic psychobiography, with the bottom-up approach rather coming from explicit underlying theories.

Please note that we usually choose short readings to ensure that they will be read ahead of time. Individuals who have not done the readings for this group will need to stay muted to establish this as a true discussion group. Participation is free, but your RSVP is required – see the form below.

You will get the response to your RSVP that includes the Zoom information. Zoom link reminder will also be sent out the day before the meeting.

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To learn more about our first six meetings of our Psychobiography Reading Group, visit the following webpages:

1st meeting on February 25th, 2023: Reading J. Anderson’s Chapter “Winnicott’s Constant Search for the Life that Feels Real.” https://psychohistoryforum.com/announcing-the-psychobiography-reading-group-of-the-psychohistory-forum/

2nd meeting on April 1st, 2023: Reading E. Erikson’s Gandhi’s Truth: On the Origins of Militant Nonviolence. https://psychohistoryforum.com/psychobiography-reading-group-of-the-psychohistory-forum/

3rd meeting on June 3rd, 2023: Reading E. Erikson’s Young Man Luther. https://psychohistoryforum.com/psychobiography-reading-group-reading-e-eriksons-young-man-luther-a-study-in-psychoanalysis-and-history/

4th meeting on August 5th, 2023: Reading L. Friedman’s Identity’s Architect: A Biography of Erik H. Erikson. https://psychohistoryforum.com/psychobiography-reading-group-of-the-psychohistory-forum-4th-meeting/

5th meeting on October 14th, 2023: Reading S. Freud’s Leonardo daVinci and a Memory of His Childhood. https://psychohistoryforum.com/psychobiography-reading-group-of-the-psychohistory-forum-5th-meeting/

6th meeting on January 13, 2024: Reading “Sigmund Freud” Chapter by Atwood & Stolorow (from their book Faces in a Cloud), and “Freud as Leonardo: Why the First Psychobiography Went Wrong” by Elms. https://psychohistoryforum.com/psychobiography-reading-group-of-the-psychohistory-forum-6th-meeting/

We look forward to deepening our knowledge of this psychohistorical approach together, as we probe the lives of fascinating and important people.

If you are interested in joining this group, even if you cannot attend the meeting on March 30th, 2024, please fill out the registration form above and/or contact Inna Rozentsvit at inna.rozentsvit@gmail.com or Paul H. Elovitz at cliospsycheeditor@gmail.com.

Best regards,

Paul Elovitz and Inna Rozentsvit