Stolorow lectures

A Phenomenological-Contextualist Psychoanalytic Perspective: From Mind to World, From Drive to Affectivity, with Robert Stolorow, PhD


Blues and Emotional Trauma, with Benjamin A. Stolorow

This program was offered on Saturday, November 6, 2010  10:00am-1:00pm
Doubletree Hotel 8120 Wisconsin Avenue Bethesda, MD

A Phenomenological-Contextualist Psychoanalytic Perspective: From Mind to World, From Drive to Affectivity

This presentation will give an overview of the evolution of the basic ideas in Stolorow’s intersubjective-systems theory, his phenomenological- contextualist psychoanalytic perspective. This framework is phenomenological in that it investigates and illuminates worlds of emotional experience; it is contextualist in that it holds that organizations of emotional experience always take form within relational or intersubjective contexts. Intersubjective-systems theory entails a move from mind to world and from drive to affectivity.

At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Apply phenomenological inquiry to the practice of psychotherapeutic investigation.
  • Investigate the contexts in which emotional conflict and the various forms of unconsciousness take form.
  • Describe the context-embeddedness and existential significance of emotional trauma.

Blues and Emotional Trauma

Although blues is a uniquely African American music, it has a universal appeal. There is something in the blues that people of all cultures can relate to. This paper explores how the blues puts us in touch with the universally traumatizing aspects of the human condition, and how the unity of its lyric features and its musical qualities give us a visceral-linguistic conversation in which such trauma can be communally held and borne.

At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the universally traumatizing aspects of the human condition.
  • Explain the therapeutic importance of engaging in a visceral-linguistic dialogue in the working through of emotional trauma.

Robert D. Stolorow, PhD is a Founding Faculty Member and Training and Supervising Analyst at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles; a Founding Faculty Member at the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, New York City; and a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine. He is the author of Trauma and Human Existence: Autobiographical, Psychoanalytic, and Philosophical Reflections (2007), and author and coauthor of numerous books and more than 200 articles. He is also coeditor of The Intersubjective Perspective (1994). He received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Harvard University in 1970 and his Certificate in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy from the Psychoanalytic Institute of the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health, New York City, in 1974. He received a PhD in Philosophy from the University of California at Riverside in 2007. He holds diplomas both in Clinical Psychology and in Psychoanalysis from the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). In 1995 he received the Distinguished Scientific Award from the Division of Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association, in which he is a Fellow.

Benjamin A. Stolorow, Robert’s son, received his BA in music from the University of California at Berkeley in 1998. Since graduating, he has been working as a jazz pianist & music teacher in the Bay Area, and has also been performing throughout the US and Japan in varied ensembles. In 2007 he released his first album as a leader entitled “I’ll Be Over Here,” which contains seven original compositions and an arrangement of the jazz standard, “Stella by Starlight.” Ben has recently begun collaborating with his sister Stephanie on an original song-writing project. They have begun performing around the Bay Area under the name “Stoli Rose.”,


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Continuing Education Credit

The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis (ICP&P) maintains responsibility for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of this educational program. ICP&P is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. ICP&P is approved by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to offer Category I continuing education credit. Because ICP&P has approval from the Maryland Board, CE credits hours awarded by ICP&P may also be claimed by social workers licensed in Virginia and the District of Columbia. These continuing education credits meet the ANCC approval standards for nurses and the approved standards for marriage & family therapists. Attendees from the above professional groups will earn 2.75 CE credits for attending the conference. Full attendance is required to receive the designated CE credit. ICP&P is accredited by MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. ICP&P designates this educational activity for a maximum of 2.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. ICP& received no financial support for this program.