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Saturday, March 2nd 2019

Bad Stuff: Greed, Deception, Hatred, Guilt

Salman Akhtar, M.D.
presented by CTP Alumni Association

Sidney Smith Hall, Room 2135, 100 St George Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3G3

Dr. Salman Akhtar will present on the following:

Greed - This presentation will delineate the phenomenological aspects of greed, clarifying its manifestations into three categories: (i) primary, (ii) secondary, and (iii) defensively altered. Following this, it will elucidate diverse perspectives on the ontogenetic origins of greed and included the concepts of constitutionally-innate greed, developmentally inevitable greed, and greed as an angry intensification of appetite. After taking a brief foray into the sociocultural realm, the discourse will return to the clinical realm and address how conscious and unconscious greed, on the part of the patient as well as on the part of the analyst, operates in the matrix of transference-countertransference relatedness.

Deception - This wide-ranging survey of deception will delineate the formal characteristics of lies, phenomenological subtypes of lies, and psychodynamic motivations to distort the known truth. Utilizing the scene of art forgery as a didactic scaffold, it will elucidate the dialectical configurations that intricately bind the liar and its victim. The emphasis of this presentation shall remain upon the multiply determined, multi-functional, object-related, and ubiquitous nature of lying. It will emphasize that a concerted effort to be honest and seek psychic truth – to the extent any such striving can be fully successful – is a fundamental aspect of mental health and of intensive psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. With this in mind, comments will be made on patients who misinform their therapists during the initial evaluation, the development of psychopathic transferences, and the special case of secret keeping that invariably complicates the progress of treatment.

Hatred - This presentation will focus upon the phenomenon of hatred. Origins and manifestations of hatred will be outlined and its complex relationship with rage, envy, and arrogance will be commented upon. Various forms of hatred, including self-loathing and masochism, will be highlighted and attempts will be made to forge links between these phenomena and types of character organization. The manifestation of hatred within the clinical situation will then be approached with attention to the hateful transferences (e.g. schizoid, psychopathic, and paranoid) of the patient as well as the countertransference malice and aversion of the analyst. With the help of clinical vignettes, interpretive approaches to hatred in the clinical situation will be elucidated.

Guilt - This presentation will elucidate the experience of guilt. The subjective nature of this affect will be distinguished from the related feelings of shame and remorse. Origins of guilt in preoedipal and oedipal phases will be highlighted. Other, specific origins, e.g. separation guilt, survivor guilt, and induced guilt will also be discussed. Direct and indirect manifestations of guilt and defenses against guilt (e.g. hatred) will be brought up, as will the factors that channel feelings of guilt into persecutory, masochistic, and/or reparative pathways. Psychopathological variants (e.g. too little, too much, or uneven guilt) and technical interventions to deal with guilt-related issues will be delineated.


Outline the origins of greed.
Enumerate the primary and secondary manifestations of greed.
Outline the multiple motivations underlying lying.
Enumerate the various forms of deception.
Outline the origins and manifestations of hatred.
Elucidate hatred’s complex relationship with rage, envy, and arrogance.
Distinguish between the defenses that patients bring against these feelings
Recognize direct and indirect manifestations of guilt.
Enumerate some of the sources of guilt.
Improve their skills in dealing with matters pertaining to greed, deception, hatred in the treatment situation, and manage guilt-ridden patients better in psychotherapy.


8:15 am Registration
9:00 am Introduction of Dr. Salman Akhtar
9:05 am Greed plus Q & A
10:30am Break
10:45am Deception plus Q & A
12:00 Lunch*
1:00pm Hatred plus Q & A
2:15pm Break
2:30pm Guilt plus Q & A
3:45pm Closing remarks

*We have a full day and a short-lunch break. Please consider bringing your own lunch or researching the closest facility ahead of time:


Limited tickets for this event are subject to availability
Unsold tickets may be available at the door on the day of the event.
No refunds for purchased, or unused tickets.

Ticket Sales (Closing March 1, 2019 at 9AM):

General Admission (Open to All) - $50
CTPAA Members - $20
CTP Enrolled Students - $30


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