Daniel Shaw, LCSW., May 5th, 2017
Friday Lecture: Enter Ghosts: The Loss of Intersubjectivity in Clinical Work with Adult Children of Pathological Narcissists
May 5th, 2017, 7 pm – 9 pm (Reception: 9 pm – 10 pm)
$30 2 NASW & MHC ceus
Location: Great Hall, Newton Highlands Congregational Church
54 Lincoln Street, Newton, MA 02461
This lecture will examine the relationship between narcissism and intersubjectivity through the lens of clinical work with adult children of traumatizing narcissistic parents. Exposure to parental narcissistic pathology constitutes cumulative relational trauma, which subverts the development of intersubjective relating capacities in the developing child. This trauma is inherited and bequeathed intergenerationally. The paper focuses on the interpersonal dynamics of narcissism, which are conceptualized as “the traumatizing narcissist’s relational system,” describing the need to establish complementarity in relationships through coercive projective processes, and through the adoption of the “complementary moral defense.” Clinical material highlights the loss of intersubjective functioning typical of the relationships formed by adult children of pathological narcissists, and the inevitability of episodes of mutual dissociation in analytic work with these patients.
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Saturday Workshop: May 6th, 2017: 10 am – 3 pm
Traumatic Narcissism: Relational Systems of Subjugation
Cost: $85 4 NASW and MHC ceus
Location: Brandeis University, Mandel Center for the Humanities Mandel Theater,
First Floor, G-3, 415 South St., Waltham, MA 02453
(There is a parking lot located next to the Mandel Center)
Daniel Shaw presents a way of understanding the traumatic impact of narcissism as it is engendered developmentally, and as it is enacted relationally. Focusing on the dynamics of narcissism in interpersonal relations, Shaw describes the relational system of what he terms the ‘traumatizing narcissist’ as a system of subjugation – the objectification of one person in a relationship as the means of enforcing the dominance of the subjectivity of the other.
Daniel Shaw illustrates the workings of this relational system of subjugation in a variety of contexts: theorizing traumatic narcissism as an intergenerationally transmitted relational/developmental trauma; and exploring the clinician’s experience working with the adult children of traumatizing narcissists. He explores the relationship of cult leaders and their followers, and examines how traumatic narcissism has lingered vestigially in some aspects of the psychoanalytic profession.
Bringing together theories of trauma and attachment, intersubjectivity and complementarity, and the rich clinical sensibility of the Relational Psychoanalysis tradition, Shaw demonstrates how narcissism can best be understood not merely as character, but as the result of the specific trauma of subjugation, in which one person is required to become the object for a significant other who demands hegemonic subjectivity.
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Daniel Shaw, LCSW, is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City and in Nyack, New York. Originally trained as an actor at Northwestern University and with the renowned teacher Uta Hagen in New York City, Dan later worked as a missionary for an Indian guru. His eventual recognition of cultic aspects of this organization led him to become an outspoken activist in support of individuals and families traumatically abused in cults. Simultaneous with leaving this group, Dan began his training in the mental health profession, quickly becoming a faculty member and supervisor at NIP in New York, publishing papers in Psychoanalytic Inquiry, Contemporary Psychoanalysis, and Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and most recently, his book, Traumatic Narcissism: Relational Systems of Subjugation, for the Relational Perspectives Series, Routledge. Dan also teaches at the Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, and is adjunct clinical supervisor for the Smith College School of Social Work.