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“On Having Whiteness” with Donald Moss at NYPSI

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NYPSI The 1041st Scientific Program Meeting: “On Having Whiteness”
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 8:00 – 10:00 pm Presenter: Donald Moss, M.D.  Discussant: Dorothy E. Holmes, Ph.D.

This presentation will focus on Whiteness as a condition one first acquires and then one has– a malignant, parasitic-like, condition. The condition is malignant because it spreads/metastasizes, targeting an ever-widening sphere of objects. It is parasitic in that it is contagious, passed on by other infected people.  Biologically “white” people have a particular susceptibility. to “Whiteness”. This susceptibility is grounded in pre-existing hierarchical representations of self and object — in any representation that organizes self and other in a vertical relation, powerful and powerless. The condition is foundational, generating characteristic ways of being in one’s body, in one’s mind, and in one’s world. Parasitic Whiteness renders its hosts’ appetites voracious, insatiable and perverse. In order to preserve and defend its original hierarchies, it must continuously engender new and expansive ones. For Whiteness, the most perceptually available category over which to establish hierarchical relations is “color”.  Race provides “Whiteness” its easiest target.

2 CME/ CE credits offered.
Donald Moss, M.D. is in private practice in New York City.  Dr. Moss is Chair of the American Psychoanalytic Association’s Program Committee and he has been on the editorial boards of the Psychoanalytic Quarterly, the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, American Imago, and Studies in Gender and Sexuality.  He is the author of four books including, most recently, At War with the Obvious and I and You, as well as 60 articles, the most recent of which is  “Hate Speech/Love
Speech and Neutrality in and out of the Clinical Situation” (JAPA, 2019).  In 2017, he received the Elizabeth Young Bruehl Award for Work Against Prejudice and was a plenary speaker at the American Psychoanalytic Association meeting of 2016 where he presented “The Insane Look of the Bewildered Half-Broken Animal.”  Dr. Moss is a founding member of The Green Gang, a group of analysts/scientists working on climate change denial.
Dorothy Evans Holmes, Ph.D., is a Teaching, Training, and Supervising Analyst in the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas, Professor and Psy.D. Program Director Emeritus at the George Washington University, and Teaching, Training and Supervising Analyst Emeritus at the Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis.  Dr. Holmes is widely-recognized for her work on the impact of race and gender on the psychoanalytic process. Her most recent of many refereed journal articles appeared in the fall, 2019 issue of American Imago (2019:76:359-379).  The paper is entitled “Our Country ‘tis of We and Them:  Psychoanalytic Perspectives on our Fractured American Identity”. Dr. Holmes continues to be involved in national psychoanalytic organization leadership roles and she practices psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in Bluffton, SC.
Educational Objectives: Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

Discuss the concept of internal racial identity
Assess the obstacles to clinicians’ effectively working effectively with issues of race in the therapeutic relationship
To register, click On Having Whiteness visit nypsi.org or call 212-879-6900
NYPSI, Second Floor, 247 East 82nd Street | New York, NY 10028

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