Message from Doris Brothers,
Chief Editor of eForum
by Doris Brothers
Two powerful interlocking threads seem to have woven through this year's self psychology conference involving our sameness and our difference. If you happened to sweep your eyes around the Washington Marriott ballroom where participants gathered for the superb plenary sessions, you probably noticed that we're a remarkably diverse group. Interspersed throughout the room were silver-haired veterans and youngsters with gleaming locks, the spry and the hobbled, those dressed casually and others decked out like fashion plates. These striking but superficial contrasts don't even begin to reveal the disparities in our life experiences and cultural backgrounds. Yet, for all our obvious differences, we are, as a number of IAPSP counsel members noted, a community, a community eager to share our different ways of understanding and practicing. Moreover, we have a great deal to teach one another about what we have learned from our immersion in other disciplines: philosophy, literature, drama, music, and the visual arts, to name a few.
There are several ways that I hope eForum will reflect our wonderfully diverse community. The first is that once again we will post your reactions to this year's conference on "Conference Reflections." Please send them to me at Even a line or two would be welcome. And secondly we'll be instituting a new column entitled, "How I Think, How I Work." IAPSP members who have made significant contributions to the self-psychological literature will outline their unique perspectives.
I'm also delighted to report that we will now feature Bob Stolorow's blog "Feeling, Relating, Existing." On it you'll find Bob's posts that have appeared in Psychology Today.
Another new addition that will soon appear is "IAPSP Travelers." We welcome posts about your travels for pleasure and adventure as well as those you've undertaken professionally to present your work.
We will soon post summaries of the 2012 conference panels that are written by the presenters and discussants. We also hope you'll look for new editions of Carla Leone's column, "Focus on Families, Couples and Groups", Carol Mayhew's column, "What Are You Reading Now?," (), Anne Paris's column, "Our Creative IAPSP Community," (), and "IAPSP Interviews," the column by Annette Richard and Jane Lewis.
If you'd like to let your colleagues know what's happening in your life, your work, or your institute or training program please submit any news items to me () for posting on "Members' Updates," "Recent Publications," and "Institute News." I'd very much welcome any short articles or op-ed pieces you'd care to submit for review. And, of course, please send me any suggestions you might have for improving eForum.
- IAPSP Interviews
Interview with Amanda Kottler
- Feeling, Relating, Existing
A blog by Robert D. Stolorow, Ph.D.
- Huffington Post Blogs:
'Inside the Mind of a War Vet' & 'Trauma and the Hourglass of Time'
by Helen Davey & Robert D. Stolorow
- TRISP's Bystanders No More Conference: A Ground Breaking Event
by Susanne Weil
Conference Panel Summaries:
- PANEL 2: Intersubjectivity, Complexity, and Specificity: Re-viewing Self Autonomy and Context Embeddedness in Clinical Practice
The IAPSP eForum is the annual online forum of the International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology. Edited by Doris Brothers, Ph.D.
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