SBPCS – South Bay Reading Group

South Bay Reading Group

A discussion group of the South Bay Community for Psychonalytic Study

4th Friday of the month: October 25, 7:00-9:00pm

Based on Harvey Peskin's lead article in Psych. Dialouges, 2019. We will explore his thoughtful claims concerning grief: Who Has permission to Grieve? or 'The Right to Mourn?'

The topic of mourning/grief is central to psychoanalysis. Whereas Freud conceived of grief in intrapsychic terms, Peskin suggests that the expression and experience of grief is, in part, relationally constituted based on reference to those who are deemed, or deem themselves, as having the “right to mourn”. Most insightfully, Peskin describes how traditional family roles organize hierarchical rankings of grief leading to complicated relational constellations which structure the right to mourn. Peskin notes that such “hierarchies of grief” or rules of conduct that confer disparate entitlements to grieve are rarely noted in psychoanalytic clinical work in relation to either recent or historical losses. This absence has had a variety of effects on symptomatology and more enduring psychic structural change. Peskin also theorizes the emotional pain involved in experiencing loss, grief and mourning without a supportive/witnessing community. Peskin’s insights are then thoughtfully/personally discussed by Frommer, Rosbrow and Shabad all of whom note that Peskin’s hierarchy of grief has implications for the ways in which we consider grief in our own lives and the lives of our patients.

October 25th, 2019 7:00 PM
Private residence
Palo Alto, CA
United States
Event Fee(s)
Admission $ 15.00