Forgotten Classics in Psychoanalysis: The Anatomy of Prejudices                

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Garrick Duckler, PhD, LMFT

4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23/2020

7:00 - 8:30 pm at OPC


$200 non-members
$180 members
$100 residents-Interns-Graduate Students

Can prejudices be understood psychoanalytically? Are different kinds of people attracted to different kinds of prejudices? Elisabeth Young-Bruehl’s insightful and original 1996 study suggests an approach that distinguishes between different types of prejudices, the people who hold them, the social and political settings that promote them, and the human needs they fulfill. This course will look at the unfortunately all-too pertinent topic of ethnocentrism, homophobia and white supremacy through Young-Bruehl’s understanding of the hysterical, obsessional and narcissistic character.


  1. Gain a greater understanding of the relationship between various forms of prejudice and different character styles as outlined by Young-Bruehl.
  2. Develop a deeper understanding of how unconscious fears, longings and anxieties form, according to Young-Bruehl, an internal logic at the root of various types of prejudice.
  3. Explore how contemporary social, political and ideological issues in America pertain to the psychological experiences outlined in Young-Bruehl’s study.
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