Friday, December 1, 2023 12:00-1:30 PM (EST)

LGBTQ Study Group with Mark J. Blechner, PhD

Bertha Pappenheim (Anna O) and Lesbianism or How a Heteronormative Patriarchal Society Can Make You Sick

Description: Bertha Pappenheim was the real name of the first psychoanalytic patient, Anna O.  Did she experience same-sex desire?  Was she a lesbian?  Was she a victim of undue pressures from a heteronormative society? I will explore these questions, drawing on her letters, her dream, and other facts of her life after her treatment by Breuer.  We will also consider how these issues affected other pivotal psychoanalysts, including Harry Stack Sullivan and Anna Freud.


Mark J. Blechner, Ph.D. is Training and Supervising Analyst at the William Alanson White Institute and Clinical Supervisor and Adjunct Professor, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.  He has published four books: The Mindbrain and Dreams: Explorations of Dreaming, Thinking, and Artistic Creation (2018), Sex Changes: Transformations in Society and Psychoanalysis (2009), The Dream Frontier (2001), and Hope and Mortality: Psychodynamic Approaches to AIDS and HIV (1997). Dr. Blechner was the founder and director of the HIV Clinical Service at the White Institute. He is editor emeritus of the journal Contemporary Psychoanalysis. He has established scholarships to fund the training of candidates of color and transgender candidates at the White Institute.  He practices psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, and also leads private dream groups.

Please note:

– The registrants will receive the Zoom link to attend this meeting via email from “William Alanson White Institute” with the subject line: “LGBTQ Study Group 2023-2024”.

– LGBTQ Study Group events are not recorded.

– We are not able to provide CE credits at this time.

For inquiries regarding The WAWI LGBTQ Study Group please contact co-chairs

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