Aversion to Apologizing

January 18, 2018, 8:00 - 10:00 PM

Presented by Melvin R. Lansky, MD, DFAPA

Dr. Melvin R. Lansky discusses the aversion to apologizing based on the anticipation of shame resulting from self-indictment as being weak and as being less than what she or he feels expected to be. The presentation is followed by a discussion of the topic with the audience. Dr. Lansky’s paper is a chapter in Shame: Developmental, Cultural, and Clinical Realms, a book edited by Salman Akhtar.

Learning Objectives

As a result of attending this session, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the extent to which disruption and repair of the patient-analyst bond requires the ability to apologize on the part of both patient and analyst.
  • Understand impediments to such repair posed by anxieties about appearing weak and by the anticipation of shame at the prospect of self-indictment when one apologizes

Melvin R. Lansky, MD, DFAPA, is a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst at the New Center for Psychoanalysis and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA Medical School. He is the co-author of The Widening Scope of Shame with Andrew P. Morrison, and has authored numerous journal articles, including Shame: Contemporary Psychoanalytic Perspectives.

Pricing & CE Credits 

  • $20 with 2 CE Credits
  • Free attendance without CE Credit 

Online Registration closes 2 days prior to the event. Registration at the door accepted.


IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of these CME/CE programs have any relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

PHYSICIANS: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the New Center for Psychoanalysis. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for the maximum number of 2 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

PSYCHOLOGISTS: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. New Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Full attendance is required for psychologists to receive credit; partial credit may not be awarded based on APA guidelines. For the psychologists’ records, certificates of attendance are provided at the completion of the course.  


The New Center for Psychoanalysis is a continuing education provider that has been approved by the American Psychological Association, a California Board of Behavioral Sciences recognized approval agency. 

REGISTERED NURSES: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is an accredited provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #CEP1112). Registered Nurses may claim only the actual number of hours spent in the educational activity for credit.