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The Loss of Pleasure: Attachment Relationship and Loss: A Conversation with Carol Gilligan



In this Webinar:

We avoid the very thing we want – love – for fear of again experiencing a loss that once felt irreparable. Rather than accepting the loss of relationship as inescapable, a healthier response is to feel the sadness and protest the loss. Otherwise, this leads us to the loss of pleasure, which is the marker of an initiation that is felt in the body and experienced as sadness and fear. You can hear this loss in the shift from a relational voice to the patriarchal voices of selfless femininity and detached masculinity. Dr. Carol Gilligan’s theory suggests that listening and providing resonance for the pre-patriarchal human voice is key to psychological and political health – a requisite for love and relationships. In this Webinar, she explores in what ways psychoanalysis, both theoretically and clinically, can provide resonance for healthy personal and political resistance.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Summarize Dr. Carol Gilligan’s research on development with girls and women and studies with young boys and their fathers
  2. Apply Bowlby’s three stages of loss response: protest, despair and detachment
  3. Compare the differences between functional anger “the anger of hope” and dysfunctional anger “the anger of despair”
  4. Describe how femininity becomes associated with pseudo-relationships (and the silencing of self) and masculinity with pseudo-independence (and the shielding of relationality)
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About the Presenter

Carol Gilligan, Ph.D. Carol Gilligan is best known as the author of In a Different Voice, described by Harvard University Press as "the little book that started a revolution."  Her pioneering work on women's psychology and girls' development led her to be named by Time magazine in 1996 as one of the 25 most significant Americans. Her books include: The Birth of Pleasure: A New Map of Love, The Deepening Darkness: Patriarchy, Resistance, and Democracy's Future (with David Richards), and most recently, Joining the Resistance. A member of the Harvard faculty for over 30 years, Gilligan held the university's first chair in gender studies; she is currently University Professor of Applied Psychology and the Humanities at New York University.ce.

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Karen Austin

My husband Paul fondly remembers playing with Timothy Gilligan and the kaleidoscope eyepiece getting stuck on his finger.
We have with pleasure encountered Dr Gilligan’s work in many different contexts and still have “In a Different Voice” on our bookshelf.

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