“Unbidden Rendezvous: Clinical Encounters With the Uncanny” Speaker: Janine de Peyer, LCSW
May 15 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
How do we know things that there is no logical way of knowing? When the illusory veil of separateness between patient and therapist is pierced by an unbidden exchange of uncanny knowing, both patient and therapist can be thrown off guard. This presentation will explore such moments of uncanny unconscious communication, ranging from the mundane to the realm of telepathic dreams. De Peyer will differentiate between local (sensory-based) and nonlocal (non-sensory-based) forms of intuitive knowing, delving into the complex clinical dilemmas that face the analyst when encountering incidents of heightened intuitive sensibility. Authors discussed will include Bass, Cardeña, Eshel, Mayer, Rabeyron, Shore, and Suchet. Offering clinical examples from her own practice, de Peyer will illustrate differing approaches, ideologies, utilities, benefits, and potential hazards of engaging explicitly with the ‘porousness’ of mind.
Participants in this presentation will be able to:
- Differentiate between local (sensory based) and nonlocal (non-sensory based) forms of intuition.
- Describe conflicting views of telepathy, ranging from Newtonian-based scientific explanations to models embracing entanglement theory and participation in a collective, ‘nonlocal mind.’
- Describe the potential benefits and/or hazards of clinically engaging with moments of uncanny communication.
Janine de Peyer, LCSW is Faculty and Supervisor at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies, New York, NY, and at the Stephen Mitchell Relational Study Center, where she serves on the Executive Committee. Janine is an Associate Editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and has published in Psychoanalytic Dialogues and Psychoanalytic Perspectives on transference/countertransference, eroticism, dissociation, unconscious communication, and the Uncanny. Publications include “Uncanny Communication and the Porous Mind” (2016), “Traversing the Ineffable: Commentary on Sharon Farber’s ‘Becoming a Telepathic Tuning Fork’” (2017), and “Portals Through Liminal Space: Commentary on Shapiro and Marks-Tarlow’s ‘Varieties of Clinical Intuition’” (in press). Janine grew up in London, has presented internationally, and is in private practice in Manhattan where she integrates EMDR and creative visualization within a relational psychoanalytic framework.