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Psychoanalysis and the Occult

April 9, 2016 10:00 am - 6:00 pm


The purpose of the “Psychoanalysis and the Occult” Project is to return to Freud’s work on the psychic domain – the work on “telepathy” originally left out of the Traumdeutung and his development of “psychic reality” emerging from his analysis of psychosis and the Schreber case – and to compare it with the work of Lacan, Jung, Reich, and others who sought to explore psychic causality and the occult from a logical perspective.

In the 1950s George Devereaux published a compilation of material on Psychoanalysis and the Occult. In this book he collates material from early psychoanalysts regarding occult, paranormal, and psychic phenomena surrounding the clinical practice of psychoanalysis. From the ample material included by Freud we can dispel the myth that Freud was not interested in the occult—rather he sought to approach it in a different way than Jung. Devereux’s book further points the question in the direction of anthropology, ethnography, and comparative psychiatry in general.

The “Psychoanalysis and the Occult” Project was initiated at Analytica in 2014 which since that time has held a series of events internationally. In this installment we will explore the transpersonal case material of psychoanalysis in intension and extension – that is of practicing analytic (analysand-analyst) dyads as well as of institutional dynamics – in order to demonstrate the necessity of expanding the form of the psychoanalytic school, clinic, and association for the future of analysis. We are inviting those who have a particular interest in this domain to participate in this important topic.

Entrance is free but limited due to the intimate format of the event. NPAP 40 West 13th St NY NY 10011

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10:00 En-trance

Case Material: A Public Inquest on Psychoanalysis and the Occult.

10:30 Seance I

A History of the Future of Psychoanalysis and the Occult

Henry Lothane – Professor Schreber as Psychoanalyst (Comments by Freud)
Richard Reichbart – Ethno-Psychoanalysis and Para-Psychoanalysis
Gerald Gargiulo – Quantum Psychoanalysis
Jason Louv – Reichian Analysis and Crowleyan Magick
Scott Von – Beyond the Occult: Lacan’s Clinic of the Real

12:30 Group Intensive

1:30 Break

2:30 Seance II

Behind Closed Doors and Eyes Wide Shut: The Real of Psychoanalysis

Scott Von – Psychic Psychotic Psychedelic
Susannah Mileshina – The Expanded Transference
Julie Von – The Hysterical Clinic
Ruth Rosenbaum – Passion at a Distance: Psi and Psychoanalysis
David Schweichler – Jungian Politics: Red and Black Books

4:30 Group Intensive

5:30 Ex-it

Wo Es War Soll Ich Werden: Imposed Speech and Inspired Writing

6:00 Reception


Gerald J.Gargiulo, PhD is former president of the training institute of NPAP as well as of the International Forum for Psychoanalytic Education. He practices in New York and Stamford CT and is on the Editorial Board of The Psychoanalytic Review and Psychoanalytic Psychology. He has published over a hundred and twenty articles and the books Psyche, Self & Soul, The Self and Spirituality, Broken Fathers/Broken Sons, and most recently Quantum Psychoanalysis.

Henry Lothane, MD is a psychoanalyst and psychiatrist practicing in NY. He is clinical professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and member of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the International Psychoanalytic Association. He is author of In Defense of Schreber: Soul Murder and Psychiatry, and has been publishing on Schreber from 1982 to the present, still meditating on Schreber’s life and ideas.

Jason Louv is a writer, practitioner, and teacher of the occult. He is author and editor of Generation Hex, Ultraculture, and The Psychick Bible for the Temple of Psychic Youth. He currently lectures internationally and teaches privately through Ultraculture in Los Angeles. He is author of a forthcoming book on the Elizabethan philosopher and magician John Dee.

Susannah Mileshina, MS, PhD (C) is a psychotherapist practicing in New Hampshire. She is currently completing her Doctorate in Psychology at Fordham University and training in psychoanalysis. She is engaged in research on psychoanalysis, art, and the occult.

Richard Reichbart, PhD is president of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research and practices in Ridgewood, NJ. He is author of many papers on cultural diversity in psychoanalysis, including those on shamanism and ethnopsychiatry, and of the forthcoming book Parapsychology, Psychoanalysis, Culture.

Ruth Rosenbaum, PhD, LP is a psychoanalyst practicing in NY. She is a faculty member and supervisor at NPAP teaching “Where Spirituality and Psychoanalysis Meet: Exploring the Dimensions of Intersubjective Space” and an adjunct professor at Columbia. She is on the Editorial Board of The Psychoanalytic Review, certified in biofeedback, and leads a study group on psi and psychoanalysis.

David Schweichler, MA, MDiv, MSW received his philosophy and divinity degrees before training as a psychoanalyst. He is in private practice in New York and is a member of NPAP and Unbehagen psychoanalytic associations.

Julie Von, MD is a physician practicing psychoanalytic and psychosomatic medicine in New York. She is associate director of the New Clinic where she specializes in integral gynecology, obstetrics, and pediatrics and is a member of Analytica psychoanalytic school. She is author of the forthcoming book Radical Fertility.

Scott Von, MD, PhD is a psychoanalyst and physician practicing in New York and director of the New Clinic for Integral Medicine and Psychiatry. He is director of Analytica, trustee of PLACE, and member and faculty of Apres-Coup and Unbehagen psychoanalytic associations. He is a visiting professor at NYU, CUNY, California Institute for Integral Studies, and Esalen Institute, and an artist who performs and exhibits internationally on The Symptom of Art and Autopoesis.


April 9, 2016
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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40 West 13th St
New York, NY 10011
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