The Curious Case of Oedipus Rex | View Full Calendar
Presented by Donald M Marcus, MD, PhD
With CE/CME Credit: $20.00
Freud thought that Sophocles’ play, Oedipus Rex, “had a certain resemblance to the progress of a psychoanalysis.” In this paper, the author imagines how it might have had a better outcome if it had been conducted by a modern analyst. Then the author takes up the question of why Freud chose Oedipus as the poster boy for his drive or fantasy theory when, in fact, Oedipus was a much better example for his seduction or real trauma theory. The author believes that Freud knew unconsciously of his own deeply traumatic childhood, and preferred to deny it by choosing fantasy over reality. He chose Oedipus unconsciously to reveal what he knew to be true despite his conscious denial, that real trauma was a more important factor than fantasy.
Upon completion of the program attendees should be able to:
1. Discuss aspects of Freud’s traumatic childhood.
2. Explore the possibility of how Freud’s childhood trauma influenced him to replace his theory of real trauma with one in which the trauma was fantasy.
3. Recognize how the first Freudian theory of trauma is reflected in the centrality of the myth of Oedipus in Freud’s work.
Dr. Marcus is training and supervising analyst at both the New Center for Psychoanalysis and the Psychoanalytic Center of California. He has published articles on counter-transference, self-disclosure and sex and love in psychoanalysis. Most recently he has co-authored a book with a patient, “Taking Risks from the Unconscious: A Psychoanalysis as Experienced from Both Sides of the Couch.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
8 PM-10 PM
$20 with 2 CE/CME credits
Free attendance without credit