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Course: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Fame
Instructor:  Sue Erikson Bloland, LCSW

Extraordinary accomplishment, or the achievement of greatness, often appears to have come quite naturally to those with special gifts.  But, in fact, the realization of genius requires an obsessive or “monomaniacal” effort on the part of anyone who has ever attained it.  This course will explore the connection between early relational trauma and a monomaniacal drive to achieve.  It will also provide insight into the actual experience of being famous, an experience which differs dramatically from our assumptions about the emotional rewards of celebrity.  The clinical aim of this exploration is to help therapists become more fully aware of their own false assumptions about fame as a potential source of deep personal fulfillment—for themselves or for their clients.

Dates: Wednesdays, November 4, 11, 18, and December 2, 2015, 7:30-9:00pm
Location: 26 West 9th Street, Suite 9E (between 5th and 6th Avenues)

Sue Erikson Bloland is on the faculty and is Co-Director of Admissions at the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis.  As the daughter of Erik Erikson, she has experienced fame at close  hand, and has written and lectured extensively on fame from both a personal and a psychoanalytic perspective.  Her memoir, In the Shadow of Fame, was published by Viking Penguin in 2005.  She has published articles in The Atlantic Monthly, Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and Psychoanalytic Inquiry.