New Visions of Psychoanalysis for the XXI Century

Robert Caper received his medical training at the UCLA School of Medicine and his psychoanalytic training (in Los Angeles) from a group of London Kleinians including Hanna Segal, Betty Joseph, Elizabeth Spillius, James Grotstein, Donald Meltzer and Wilfred Bion.  He is a former member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, and is the author of a number of papers on psychoanalytic theory and technique, as well as four books.  He currently teaches and practices in New York City and in Vermont.

In this series of seminars, we will consider body language and the musical aspects of speech as means of communicating unrepresentable, preverbal emotional states, as vehicles for unconscious projective identification, and as avenues for the practice of suggestion. We will then explore the complex historical and clinical relationship between psychoanalysis and suggestion, and propose that psychoanalysis distinguishes itself from all other forms of psychological treatment by understanding preverbal communication rather than deploying it for “therapeutic” effect.  We will go on to consider the use of psychoanalytic intuition and the analyst’s alpha-function to detect this mode of unrepresentable communication, and finally explore the implications of these ideas for the status of psychoanalysis as a science and for the practice of psychoanalysis as a treatment.

Robert Caper





We meet on four Saturdays,

between 15h-17h (Lisbon Time):

September 18th

October 2nd, 16th, 30st


Participation Fee: 200 Euros

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