Houston Psychoanalytic Society
The Role of Conflict in Psychoanalytic Theories of Psychological Functioning
Morris Eagle, PhD
Saturday, April 22, 2023
10:00AM – 1:15PM Central Time


Live via Zoom
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Registration Fees
HPS Active Members: $75
HPS Friend Members: $90
HPS Student Members: $45
Non-Members: $105

Instructional Level: Intermediate
From its beginning and throughout its history, psychoanalysis has been defined as a psychology of conflict. Freud's classical theory and then ego psychology considered conflict the center of mental life and its understanding the goal of therapeutic action. As various schools of psychoanalytic thought evolved, the perceived importance of mental conflict has broadened and changed. This presentation will explore the differing roles of inner conflict in major psychoanalytic theories, including Freudian theory, ego psychology, Kleinian theory, object relations theory, self psychology, relational psychoanalysis, and control-mastery theory. The emphasis will be on implications for conceptions of psychopathology and approach to treatment.

After attending the program in its entirety, attendees will be able to:
  1. Identify the place of conflict in different psychoanalytic theories.
  2. Explain the implications of different conceptions of conflict for the understanding of psychopathology.
  3. Describe the implications of different conceptions of conflict for approach to treatment.
Morris N. Eagle, PhD is Professor Emeritus at Derner Institute for Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University in New York, and Distinguished Faculty member at New Center for Psychoanalysis (NCP) in Los Angeles, California. He is a former president of Division 39 (the Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. In 2009, he was given a Sigourney Award for lifetime contributions to psychoanalysis. Among his contributions, Dr. Eagle has authored and/or co-authored over 150 journal articles and over 100 book chapters. His book chapters include "Attachment and Sexuality," which was published in a book by the same name, edited by Diamond, Blatt, and Lichtenberg (Analytic Press, 2007). Dr. Eagle co-edited a number of books, including Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Conflict (with Christian and Wolitzky), in which he contributed book chapters on Freud's and Fairbairn's conceptions of inner conflict (Routledge, 2017). Finally, Dr. Eagle was sole author of a number of books, including Attachment and Psychoanalysis: Theory, Research, and Clinical Implications (Guilford Press, 2013), Core Concepts in Classical Psychoanalysis: Clinical, Research Evidence, and Conceptual Critiques (Routledge, 2018), Core Concepts in Contemporary Psychoanalysis: Clinical, Research Evidence, and Conceptual Critiques (Routledge, 2018),and, most recently, Toward a Unified Psychoanalytic Theory: Foundation in a Revised and Expanded Ego Psychology (Routledge, 2021).

Eagle, M.N. (2017). Inner conflict in Freudian theory. In C. Christian, M.N. Eagle, & D.L. Wolitzky, D.L. (Eds.), Psychoanalytic perspectives on conflict. New York: Routledge, pp. 1-20.

Fosshage, J.L. (2017). Emergence of conflict during the development of self: A relational self psychology perspective. In C. Christian, M.N. Eagle, & D.L. Wolitzky (Eds.), Psychoanalytic perspectives on conflict. New York: Routledge, pp. 127-145.

Peters, J. H., Hock, M. & Krohne, H.W. (2012). Sensitive maintenance: A cognitive process underlying individual differences in memory for threatening information. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102(1): 200-213.

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This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, as a co-sponsor of Houston Psychoanalytic Society. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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