Stoller Lecture 2022: On Revisiting Robert Stoller’s “Telepathic Dreams?”

March 17, 2022, 7:45 - 10:00 PM

Pacific Time


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New Center for Psychoanalysis


The 2022 Robert J. Stoller Lecture: On Revisiting Robert Stoller’s “Telepathic Dreams?”

Karen Peoples, PhD | Mary Tennes, PhD


In 2001, the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association published a remarkable paper by Elizabeth L. Mayer in which a previously unpublished paper by Robert Stoller (1927-1992), written in 1973, was presented in its entirety with the story of why Stoller withheld it from publication in his lifetime. Its focus was a series of telepathic dreams which Stoller found stunning; however, he was advised to avoid making them public for fear of his reputation being harmed. Almost three decades later, Mayer brought Stoller’s paper into the light and takes up the question of whether such analytic experiences more generally can be examined rather than hidden. She advocates for “freer dialogue” and exploration as well as “carefully controlled experimental research on anomalous mental phenomena.”

The 2022 Stoller Lecture will be presented by two Bay Area psychoanalysts whose work has focused extensively on telepathic communication. Dr. Tennes will explore the rich history of telepathic communication within psychoanalysis and, in particular, address the fear that has often surrounded its disclosure in the analytic world. She will take up the question of why this territory becomes so threatening and will look at what it means to find a language and an orientation that can encompass the uncertainties and paradoxes at the heart of psychoanalytic work. Dr. Peoples will contextualize telepathic communication within the spectrum of non-ordinary states of consciousness, examining their long historical arc, their current relevance for psychological health, and the need to expand models of the unconscious within psychoanalysis.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Summarize the frequency with which telepathic communication occurs in psychoanalytic work
  • Identify historical fears and biases against the possibility of telepathic communication and the reasons for such anxieties
  • Discuss different theoretical perspectives on telepathic communication within psychoanalysis
  • Describe ways of working clinically with telepathic communication when it occurs in the psychoanalytic relationship


Presenter and Discussants

Headshot of Karen PeoplesKaren Peoples, PhD, is a personal/supervising analyst and faculty at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California and faculty at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis. She practices in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has published and presented on numerous analytic topics, including incest and social trauma, uncanny unconscious communication, transcendent and traumatic forms of emptiness, and unconscious bodily communication.


Headshot of Mary TennesMary Tennes, PhD, is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Oakland as well as a supervising and personal analyst and faculty member at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California. She has a long-standing interest in psychoanalysis and the uncanny, which has been a central focus in her teaching and publications. Currently she is also chair of Faculty and Curriculum at PINC, where her focus is on the integration of an awareness of diversity, equity and inclusion into the training of analytic candidates.


Target audience: Psychoanalysts, Psychiatrists, and Community psychotherapists

2.0 CE/CME Credits

General registration $40 | Students and Clinical Associates $20


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