Houston Psychoanalytic Society
Evening Speaker Series
Christoph Haizmann: The Painter,
the Pact and the Plague
Presented by Jean Goodwin, MD
Thursday, January 6, 2022
7:30PM – 9:00PM Central Time

Live via Zoom
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Registration Fees
Members: Free
Non-Members: $20

CE/CME/CEU (1.5 hrs.) Fees
Active & Student Members: Free
Friend Members: $20
Non-Members: $20

Instructional Level: Intermediate

In 1923, Freud published an article about a seventeenth century Bavarian painter whose seizures and visions of the devil led to two exorcisms, one in 1677 and one in 1678. After each exorcism, a pact with the devil was produced; Freud was able to study these and the painter's illustrated narrative of his symptoms and cure. After his successful exorcism, Haizmann joined the Brothers Hospitallers, an order which bore the brunt of caring for victims of the Black Plague which raged in Austria from 1674 to 1684. As with religious rites and saints, magic and the devil were sought as protectors from that pandemic. Freud analyzed Haizmann's illness as a reaction to his father's death. Could the Plague have played a part?

  1. State the major points in Freud's 1923 paper about Haizmann.
  2. Identify at least three elements that are common both to possession states and to dissociative disorders.
  3. Describe interactions between pandemic stress and other life stressors.
Jean M. Goodwin, MD is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Galveston, Texas. She is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Medical Branch and is a Training and Supervising analyst on the faculty of the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston: she is also a founding member of the Houston-Galveston Trauma Institute. She has written over 100 articles and chapters and her books include Sexual Abuse: Incest Victims and Their Families; Rediscovering Childhood Trauma: A Historical Casebook; and (with R. Attias) Splintered Reflections: Images of the Body in Trauma. Since the 1970s, she has consulted and lectured on issues of childhood trauma and dissociation.

Freud, S. (1923). A seventeenth century demonological neurosis. Standard Edition, XIX, 69-108.

Goldberg, P. (2020). Body-mind dissociation, altered states, and alter worlds. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 68: 769-806.

Maradi, E., Costa, A., et al. (2021). Cultural presentations of dissociation: The case of possession trance experiences. Journal of Trauma Dissociation, 22: 11-18.

Muan, J. (2020) Pandemic History. New York: Penguin.
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Painting by Christoph Haizmann, created between 1677 and 1678. Source: Karl Gutkas (Ed.).Public domain.