Friday, January 12, 2018

Intimacy, Romantic Love and Sexuality Workshop Feb. 17, 2018 West LA

Intimacy, Romantic Love and Sexuality
"The Dance of the Couple"

Four books by Joan Lachkar Ph.D.
Joan Jutta Lachkar, Ph.D.

A Half Day Workshop
New Center for Psychoanalysis (NCP
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Continuing Education for Mental Health Professionals

What is this thing called love? Did Freud, Keats, Shelley now?. This workshop explores healthy romantic love, intimacy and how with people with personality disorders (narcissist, borderline) can destroy the capacity to maintain an intimate relationship. It offers specific approaches and techniques to explain the psychodynamics couples who start out with a loving relationships but lurking in the shadows are unconscious elements that seek to destroy. It also explores how and why couples stay in painful, conflictual, destructive, never ending, relationships (traumatic bonding) or what I describe in my previous books as “the dance” (how one partner projects a negative feeling onto the other and how the other then identifies or over-identifies with it). As many of you know this work is based on my first book, The Narcissistic/Borderline Couple, how a narcissist hooks up with a borderline and how each one stirs up in the other some unresolved developmental part of the self. Much has been written about narcissism, addressing the theoretical aspects, the psychodynamics, defence mechanisms, but few have addressed how to “talk” to a narcissist. Subsequently, I wrote “How to Talk to a Borderline,” which I will reference to in this work shop. Based on many years of research, numerous articles and books treating people with narcissistic and borderline personality disorder I expanded my work to describe eight different kinds of narcissists and eight different kinds of borderlines. Even though this workshop focuses mainly on narcissism, the narcissistic does not live in a vacuum. The grandiose self seeps over into many other personality disorders. 

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