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“Radical Openness, Otherness, and Ethical Considerations in the Coparticipatory Process of Psychoanalysis”

  • January 16, 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom


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The Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (MPSI) is pleased to host Dr. Anton Hart, PhD, FABP:

“Radical Openness, Otherness, and Ethical Considerations in the Coparticipatory Process of Psychoanalysis”

Anton Hart, PhD, FABP, FIPA

DATE:  Saturday, January 16, 2021

TIME:  9:00 am - 1:00 pm

WHERE:  Zoom - a Zoom link will be provided to registrants upon registration. 

CEU's:  3.5 CEU's are available for attending this event  



In order for the analyst to listen closely and potentially be moved by the analysand, the analyst must be open, particularly to what is most foreign in the analysand’s discourse, especially in relation to the analysand’s negative experience. In recent writing and presentation, Anton Hart has presented the concept of “radical openness”, a dispositional stance that involves the analyst’s “taking to heart” the things that the analysand experiences and formulates in relation to the analyst, both familiar and strange, as if there is likely to be truth within them no matter what. The radically open analyst aspires to take things that do not seem to personally apply and to live with them as potential truths that are beyond the analyst’s tolerable awareness.

In addition to helping us understand analysands’ intense emotional experiences in analysis, the concept of transference emerged in psychoanalysis for the purpose of enabling the analyst to bear the strain of listening closely while having the experience of being misrecognized. In this sense, the concept of transference can be seen as having served as a necessary self-protective edifice for analysts as they try to keep listening, even as they may regularly feel not listened to. But the liability of analysts’ reliance upon the transference concept is that it may prevent them from being as open to the truths contained in analysands’ experience as analysts need to be in order to be moved, that is, to emotionally understand and to personally grow and evolve in response to the analysand’s discourse.

The implications–of radical openness and transference as self-protective edifice–for both general psychoanalytic technique and specifically for addressing issues of diversity and otherness in the clinical situation, will be discussed.

Following an interactive conceptual and clinical presentation, there will be an experiential component in which registrants have an opportunity to apply the concept of radical openness to their work with patients.

Learning Objectives:

Participants in this workshop will be able to:

1) Describe the concept of “radical openness” and its purpose in the clinical process.

2) Recognize the ways in which the concept of transference may represent a form of resistance to listening as fully and openly as possible to what the patient conveys.

3) Apply radical openness and transference edifice to the challenges of addressing issues of diversity and otherness in the therapeutic process.

4) Identify the limitations of externally based ethical psychotherapeutic practice.

5) Describe the strengths and limitations of reliance on the concept of transference in our attempts to maximize closely listening to the patient.

6) Distinguish between radical openness and self-disclosure. 

About Dr. Anton Hart:

Dr. Hart is Training and Supervising Analyst and Faculty of the William Alanson White Institute. He has presented and consulted nationally and internationally. He supervises at several psychoanalytic institutes and at Adelphi University. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of Psychoanalytic Psychology and Contemporary Psychoanalysis. He has published papers and book chapters on a variety of subjects including psychoanalytic safety and mutuality, issues of racial, sexual and other diversities, and psychoanalytic pedagogy.  He is a Member of Black Psychoanalysts Speak. He teaches at The Manhattan Institute, Mt. Sinai Hospital, the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center, the National Institute for the Psychotherapies, the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, and the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of PhiladelphiaHe serves as Co-Chair of the Holmes Commission on Racial Equality in the American Psychoanalytic Association. He is in full-time private practice of psychoanalysis, individual, family and couple therapy, psychotherapy supervision and consultation, and organizational consultation, in New York.

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Minneapolis, MN  55404


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