So Near and Yet So Far: Narcissism and the Couple
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So Near and Yet So Far: Narcissism and the Couple

So Near and Yet So Far: Narcissism and the Couple

Lectures from the Tavistock Model

With Stanley Ruszczynski

Since 1948 Tavistock Relationships has been instrumental in building a rich and effective therapeutic model to support couple relationships. The model is based on the principles of psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and grounded in decades of research, offering a depth approach to working with the couple relationships.

This series of lectures provides a comprehensive exploration of psychoanalytic perspectives on couple relationships as well as an understanding of how to work therapeutically with couples and is suitable for anyone working with couples, interested to start working with couples or simply interested in the complexities inherent in being in a relationship.

The talks include the importance of the interplay of past influences, present dynamics, as well as the future potential in couple relationships, framing the couple as vehicle for creative development throughout the life cycle.

Clinical issues with couples work such as the complex terrain of transference and countertransference and a different way of working considering there are three in the room are discussed.

These lectures collectively offer insights which will enrich your understanding of psychoanalytic approaches to the complexity of couple relationships.


Stanley Ruszczynski
Narcissism and the Couple

 Stanley Ruszczynski will describe his understanding of the psychoanalytic concept of narcissism, including how it is essential to our understanding of, and clinical work with, couples.  Stan will reference the space within which interactions between two people take place, a space he has previously referred to as ‘the marital triangle’. This might be a benign place of mutual recognition, within which both connection and separateness may be recognised, and hence a space for psychic development; or, it might be a malignant place, with very fragile or no awareness of the other’s separateness, resulting in psychic stagnation and sado-masochistic dynamics. Awareness of the other’s separateness creates space in the relationship; lack of that awareness, with the other being experienced as primarily an extension of the self, collapses the space.