Jay Greenberg “When Pleasure is the Enemy”

Jay Greenberg “When Pleasure is the Enemy”

Macht Auditorium, Cambridge City Hospital

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Date(s) - 09/29/2018
9:30 am - 12:30 pm


Speaker: Jay Greenberg

Discussant: Rodrigo Barahona

Moderator: Rob Riethmiller

Jay Greenberg addresses the problem of patients who are intractably attached to suffering. Unable to find pleasure in their analyses or in their lives outside the consulting room, these patients cannot make use of the opportunities that treatment provides. Jay will discuss the problem from both theoretical and clinical perspectives, highlighting the challenge it poses to our capacity to understand and to our countertransference.

Dr. Greenberg is a Training and Supervising Analyst, William Alanson White Institute; Editor, The Psychoanalytic Quarterlyformer Editor for North America, International Journal of Psychoanalysis; former Editor, Contemporary Psychoanalysis. Co-author with Stephen Mitchell, Object Relations in Psychoanalytic Theory; author, Oedipus and Beyond: A Clinical Theory; Recipient, 2015 Mary S. Sigourney Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Advancement of Psychoanalysis.

 Dr. Barahona is a faculty member of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. He is an associate board member of The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, and a board member of the Boston Group for Psychoanalytic Studies. Dr. Barahona is in full-time private practice in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Dr. Riethmiller  is a faculty member at Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis, where he is currently teaching Freud. He is co-chair of the MIP Program Committee, sits on the Continuing Education Credits Committee, and is a graduate of MIP. He has a private practice in Brookline.


At the end of this program you will be able to develop ways of thinking about a group of patients who are difficult to help because they cannot allow themselves pleasure in any area of their lives, including the pleasure that might come from analytic process or its therapeutic benefits

At the end of this program you will be able to explore the ways in which these patients affect the analyst's countertransference, and consider the analyst's struggle to stay available despite the inevitable strong reactions

At the end of this program you will be able to consider some theoretical approaches to these problems and the ways in which theory can be of use to analysts treating this group of patients


(2018). Otherness and the analysis of action. Psychoanalytic Quarterly87:287-302.

(2015). Therapeutic action and the analyst’s responsibility.  Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association 63:15-32

(2014). What daimon made you do this: Thoughts on desire in the consulting room. Revista di Psicoanalisi 60:5-22.


The program is free, however, non-MIP members must pay $15 per credit if they wish to receive CEs. The program offers 3 CEs for $45. After the program you will be contacted by email and given the opportunity to purchase CEs. CEs are free for MIP members.

Psychologists: The Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis (MIP) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  MIP maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Social Workers: Application for social work continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact MIP for the status of social work CE accreditation.

Physicians: For information about AMA PRA Category 1 credits for physicians please contact Elizabeth Martin at 617-469-2777.


Questions about this program should be directed to Liz Martin at reachmip@gmail.com OR 617-469-2777.

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