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Scientific Meeting: Psychoanalysis’ and Psychotherapy’s Troubled Encounter with Gay Men: How Our Disciplines Lost Their Way, and How They May Yet Find It.

February 11, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EST


Using historical analysis, Dr. Schwartz will offer an understanding of the sources of the devaluing of gay men in psychoanalytic and psychological theory.  He situates the contradiction of our disciplines’ theory and values that is inherent in the disparagement of male homosexuality, in the larger context of the history of xenophobia in the United States.  This includes special attention to the negative contributions of Sandor Rado, among other mid-century psychoanalysts.  Dr. Schwartz concludes by suggesting that the antidote to the development of such xenophobic trends in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy is three-fold: (1) Thoroughly include the history of our discipline in training (2) Always give consideration to relevant scientific findings in the development of psychoanalytic theory and psychotherapeutic practice and (3) Re-engage the tradition of social criticism as part of training.


David Schwartz, PhD., is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Westchester. He is a graduate of the Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and has been writing about sexuality and gender for the past thirty-five years.


Eric Mendelsohn, PhD., teaches and supervises at WCSPP, in the Four Year Analytic and the National Training Programs at NIP, in the Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy at Adelphi University, and he teaches at the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, Washington, DC.  Eric writes about the patient-therapist relationship and about the therapist’s subjective experience. His clinical practice is in Hartsdale, NY.