Dr. Shapiro will discuss his paper, "The Nature of Psychodynamic Defense", which emanates from some of the reflections in his latest book, A Psychodynamic View of Action and Responsibility (2017), in discussion with Matthew Steinfeld, Ph.D. and Miriam Steele, Ph.D.
This new book by David Shapiro throws light, from a clinical standpoint, on a subject of importance, both theoretically and for therapeutic practice, for psychoanalysts and psychotherapists, as well as for those with general interests in philosophy or psychology. A Psychodynamic View of Action and Responsibility explores the individual’s experience of ownership or responsibility for what he or she does, says, and even believes, and their avoidance of that experience.
David Shapiro's books “have influenced countless psychologists from virtually every theoretical orientation, including psychoanalysts, cognitivists, existentialists and humanists,” as well as scholars in fields ranging from economics to medicine to anthropology.
His classic Neurotic Styles has become one of the most widely read books on personality and psychopathology. The book outlines four major “neurotic styles” outlined as modes of functioning identifiable in an individual by their behavior: obsessive-compulsive, paranoid, hysterical and impulsive.
Dr. Shapiro’s views on character structure continue to influence psychoanalytic theory, therapeutic method, and research.
Dr. David Shapiro is a clinical psychologist with a private practice in New York, and is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at The New School.