About this event:
“Love and Psychotherapy: A New View of Ego Defenses,”
Presented by Volney Gay, PhD
Volney Gay retired in August 2018 as Professor of Psychiatry, Professor of Religious Studies, and Professor of Anthropology at Vanderbilt University. He is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute and a member of Section I, Division 39, American Psychological Association. He has published nine books on religion, psychiatry, and anthropology. He has won teaching awards from McMaster University and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; he won the Heinz Hartmann Award given by the New York Psychoanalytic Institute; the Outstanding Service Award, The American Psychoanalytic Association; and was named Distinguished Psychoanalytic Educator, International Forum for Psychoanalytic Education. His most recent book is On the Pleasures of Owning Persons. With Tom Campbell he founded the Nashville Psychoanalytic Study Group in 1992. In 2010, he endowed the Barbara Gay Lecture in Child Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Dr. Gay will clarify what ‘ego defense’ means in contemporary psychotherapy. He will distinguish three classes of ego defenses: primal, moderate, and mature. Using images from famous movies, he will illustrate each type. He will show how love is, in many circumstances, the most mature defense. He define love as quiet building in the world, and he will suggest that psychotherapy is the effort to help people acquire mature defenses, especially love.
Scarritt Bennett Center
2nd Floor, Bennett Hall
1008 19th Ave. South
Nashville, TN 37212
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