Talks & Addresses

Most recently, Dr. Tuch has been lecturing about the way in which therapists maximize their effectiveness by making sure to ground their therapeutic approach in a solid awareness about who they are as people and the sorts of emotional reactions they have in response to treating particular kinds of patients. He has addressed the national meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association in January 2014, The New Center for Psychoanalysis in September 2014 and The San Francisco Psychoanalytic Center in December, 2014. His paper, The Analyst’s Way of Being, can be downloaded here.

Upcoming / Recent presentations:

Course offered by the Newport Psychoanalytic Institute (NPI) in the Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley area:
THE STORIES WE TELL OURSELVES: The use of mentalization in understanding and treating the struggling dater or couple

Date: Saturday, February 21, 2015, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM – 4 continuing education hours

Location: San Gabriel Country Club 350 East Hermosa Drive, San Gabriel, CA 91775

This presentation will examine the role of mentalization in intimate relating. Mentalization allows a couple to move beyond each partner’s own assumptions about love and consider different “Theories of Love” in order to better understand one’s partner and one’s self. The complex and fluid capacity to mentalize the mind of our partner and in turn mentalize our own mind offers a couple opportunities for greater resilience and enhances the possibility of deeper and more meaningful intimacy. In couples where there is a limited capacity for mentalization, the likelihood of more fully seeing and understanding one’s partner is limited. The lack of mentalization (whatever the etiology) leads to repetitive, perceptual – inferential patterns that constrict the individual’s ability to conceive of a more fully formed partner, leading to an endless cycle of self-fulfilling negative expectation.

The presentation examines the many variables that limit mentalization, including attachment, lesions from evolutionary biology, neuroscience, as well as psychoanalytic contributions. “Pairings” and complementarity that ‘blind’ daters and partners and ultimately markedly limit mentalization will be discussed. And, a pragmatic mentalization approach to engage and enhance the curiosity of the couple will be delineated.

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