On reading the Plumsock Prize winning papers as a unified body, we wondered if the function of the prize was to encourage a documentation of the culture of the CFS related to incorporation of theories not taught in the curriculum. We also thought that the prize provided a platform for the synthesis of theories that may have been previously viewed as conflicting. Some of our former candidates/current members brought their academic expertise to bear and used their new psychoanalytic knowledge to expand both their “home” field and ours. Many of our authors used the writing experience to document their problem-solving process: how they engaged and treated patients who may in the past have been thought of as unreachable.
The founder of the Plumsock Prize is Edwin Fancher. There is a clear parallel between his role in publishing the Village Voice, which provided a platform for alternative journalism and an entree into alternative theater and other artistic endeavors, and his role in creating what the Plumsock Prize has realized as another platform for original thought.
The Plumsock Award for both Candidates and new graduates has at its core the intention to encourage writing and the expression of psychoanalytic ideas by early career thinkers. The New York /Contemporary Freudian Society has accrued a rich array of papers that bring together theoretical ideas with clinical practice. Each paper, with its unique focus, shows the author’s way of linking their clinical work with a specific facet of theory. While incredibly diverse, one profound commonality is that the Plumsock winners each move psychoanalysis forward in development. Each paper was written at a certain moment in time, and each author, in close consideration of clinical process, expounds an area of psychoanalytic understanding, and then adds a new original layer of thinking that further enriches that area.
The Plumsock Papers are written by candidates and new graduates of the Institute of the Contemporary Freudian Society (CFS) of New York. In publishing these creative papers, the CFS is passing the torch to the younger generation, ensuring the society's own longevity as an institution, and contributing to the vitality of psychoanalysis itself. In this rich collection of Plumsock Papers we read the creative contributions of young analysts attending to contemporary issues such as the co-construction of analysis, on-line treatment, analytic work with Asperger's Syndrome patients, the integration of different psychoanalytic theories, analytic work with older patients, and so much more. Many of Sigmund Freud's early students began their psychoanalytic training when they were in their 20s or early 30s. They were given a voice as young analysts and, not surprisingly, were extraordinarily creative and successful. The CFS has demonstrated great wisdom in creating a forum for giving new analysts a voice. The Plumsock Papers offer the reader an exciting preview into the creative spirit of the next generation of psychoanalysis.
Daniel S. Benveniste, PhD - author of The Interwoven Lives of Sigmund, Anna and W. Ernest Freud: Three Generations of Psychoanalysis.
"This collection of essays by Plumsock Prize winning psychoanalysts is a must read for psychoanalysts, analytic patients and others interested in psychoanalysis. Talented analysts invite the reader into their consulting rooms where they confront the challenges inherent in patients who are beset with remnants of anxieties from childhood, manifestations of overpowering drives, object relations disruptions, traumatic life situations, fragile defenses, less than good enough interpersonal relationships and poor compromise formations. Rich clinical examples let the reader form his/her own impressions of what the analysts think and say and reflect upon patient responses.
The editors and contributors to this anthology, along with Ed Fancher for initiating the Plumsock Prize, deserve our appreciation for their role in keeping psychoanalysis alive."
Lucille Spira, Ph.D./LCSW, Member of NYSPP, Co-Chair APsaA Discussion Group: Towards an Understanding of Loneliness and Aloneness; Gradiva Award Winner with Arlene Kramer Richards and Arthur A. Lynch. Recent Publication: Co-editor with Arlene Kramer Richards and Merle Molofsky: Pedro Almodóvar: A Cinema of Desire Passion and Compulsion, (IPBooks).
Table of Contents:
by Paula Ellman and Kimberly Kleinman
Plumsock Prize Origins and History: In Honor of Edwin Fancher
by Helen K. Gediman
Reality and The Unconscious
by Shelley Rockwell
The Imaginary Father
by Phillida Rosnick
The Anal World of A Six-Year-Old Boy
by John Rosegrant
Treatment of the Older Adult: The Impact on the Psychoanalyst
by Frieda Plotkin
Thinking About Reverie in Bion's Model of the Mind
by Nancy Wolf
Empirical Evidence Supporting the Conceptual Relatedness of Object Representations and Internal Working Models
by Geoff Goodman
Object Representations and Internal Working Models: Model for Understanding Their Structure and Function
by Geoffery Goodman
The Facts of Mind: Thoughts on the Concept of a Taxonomy of Unconscious Fantasy with Special Reference to the "New View" in Psychoanalysis.
by Michael Schur
The Opening and Closing of Doors: Chronic Syntonic Acting Out: "A Trial of Patience" or "Analytic Havoc"
by Nancy Cromer-Grayson
The Role of Concreteness in Female Genital Pain
by Molly Jones Quinn
Fear and Loathing on the Couch: The Intersection of Managed Care and Masochism
by Michael L. Krass
Culture Shock: A Factor in Dissociative Identity Disorder
by Molly M. Jones
Treating the Subject: Toward Common Ground in Psychoanalysis and Ethnography
by Christian J. Churchill
The Rules of Disengagement: The Interaction of Brain and Mind in the Analytic Treatment of Children and Adults with Asperger's Syndrome
by Michael Krass
Psychoanalysis in Cyberspace
by Debra A. Neumann
The Dilemma of Separation in Female Development and the Relevance of the Persephone Myth
by Marie Murphy
Bisexuality and Its Vicissitudes: A Psychoanalytic Exploration
by Roman Yumatov
Psychosomatic Illness in a Claustro-Agoraphobic Patient
by Susan Finkelstein
On Divergence and Diversity: Regarding Gay Men and the Male-Gendered Pre-Oedipal Good Object
by Raymond Hoffman