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The Unintended Life: A Phenomenological Reading of the Early Freud by Jeffrey McCurry, Ph.D.
Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center Library
Pittsburgh, PA
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The Unintended Life: A Phenomenological Reading of the Early Freud by Jeffrey McCurry, Ph.D.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.      

Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center Library
401 Shady Ave. Suite B-101
Pittsburgh, PA  15206

Cost:  $40 with CEs/CMEs
$20 General Admission  

The early Freud is concerned as much with conscious experience as with the unconscious. Consciousness for Freud creates the unconscious because of consciousness's initial inability to engage the difficult, dangerous, and disturbing dimensions of its conscious experience of self and world. The therapeutic action of psychoanalysis is, therefore, and paradoxically, to return the self to its experience of its own experience. Thus healthy psychological experience, for the early Freud, is not always happy or pleasant. A healthy psychological life is, rather, one that welcomes to conscious experience the full vicissitudes of the flow of all its immediate and spontaneous thoughts, feelings, and wishes, whether these are pleasurable or painful. Such an image of psychologically healthy life disrupts our commonsense understanding of personhood, but it also enriches our conception of what it means to experience self and world more authentically in the aim of living a more fully human life.  

Learning Objectives:

1) Participants will be able to discuss what defines Freud's phenomenological approach to the unconscious in his early case studies on hysteria and how this approach differs from an explanatory approach. Participants will describe how this phenomenological approach to the unconscious, in contrast to an explanatory approach, affects how Freud thinks we can understand neurotic symptom-formation and the therapeutic action of psychoanalytic treatment that can offer a cure.

2) Participants will describe how Freud's phenomenological approach to psychoanalysis in his early case studies offers a vision of human experience and selfhood as internally diverse and incongruous, a vision that is both complementary to and challenging of certain currents in contemporary psychoanalytic thought.

About Our Presenter:
Dr. Jeffrey McCurry is Director of the Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center at Duquesne University, where he is also Affiliated Faculty in the Department of Philosophy. He is a recent academic-track graduate of the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center.  In addition to psychoanalysis, his interests include phenomenological philosophy, psychology and religion, and the literature, art, and music of European modernism. Dr. McCurry is in the midst of writing a book entitled "Dangerous Experience: Modernism from Freud to Philosophy."

Continuing Medical Education Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum number of (2)  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

APA-American Psychological Association Statement:
Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education programs for psychologists.
Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center maintains responsibility for the program and its content.  

This program is being offered for 2.0 continuing education credits.

Participants must pay tuition fee, sign in, attend the entire seminar, and complete an evaluation in order to receive a certificate of completion. Participants not fulfilling these requirements will not receive a certificate. Partial credit is not available.


Need more information?  Call Pittsburgh Psychoanaltyic Center @ 412-661-4224 or email:  administration@pghpsa.org


Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center Library (View)
401 Shady Ave., Suite B-101
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
United States


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Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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