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The Shimmering Landscape: Winnicott and the Psychoanalytic Imagination
Speaker: Dodi Goldman, Ph.D.

January 23 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


The poet Elizabeth Bishop’s grandmother had a glass eye. The glass eye often looked heaven-ward, or off at an angle, while the real eye looked directly at you. Bishop’s grandmother’s bifurcated gaze is a useful metaphor for the inherent strain involved in coming to terms with reality, distinct from what psychoanalysis commonly describes as conflict between reality and pleasure. A less known aspect of D.W. Winnicott’s seminal contribution was his idea that felt reality is constituted through belief in what is imaginatively called forth–each beholder’s share. For Freud, imaginative life is “the opposite of what is real,” a mistress of error and duplicity severing us from truth. Winnicott’s sensibility was quite different.

In this workshop, we will explore aspects of Winnicott’s sensibility, listen to an excerpt from an audio tape of one of his talks, and look (with our own bifurcated gaze) at a series of projected images to consider how the idiosyncratic interplay between the actual and imaginative is forged from within our earliest relationships.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Distinguish between imagination and fantasy.
  2. Delineate the roots of the imagination in the early infant-mother relationship.
  3. Describe the place of the imagination in our psychic life.



Dodi Goldman, Ph.D. is a Training and Supervising Analyst and Faculty at the William Alanson White Institute. He authored, “In Search of the Real: the origins and originality of D.W. Winnicott,” edited an wrote an introduction to “In one’s Bones: The clinical genius of D.W. Winnicott, and is the former book review editor of the journal Contemporary Psychoanalysis. His latest book, “A Beholder’s Share: essays on Winnicott and the Psychoanalytic Imagination,” won the 2017 Gradiva Award for Best Psychoanalytic Book. Dodi maintains a private practice and study groups in Manhattan and Great Neck, NY


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January 23
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Via Zoom