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Recognizing Your Characters

Using contemporary psychoanalysis as our guide, we’ll investigate works from Virginia Woolf, Philip Roth, and Maria Semple to discover what makes their characters so vivid, instructive, and often therapeutic for readers. Using cutting-edge analytic concepts like narcissistic injury, attachment, psychic structure, and micro-trauma, we will examine how to think and write about a self ‘s particularities. If you have a character study started, real or fictional, bring it to class to be explored with an eye toward deepening and complicating the portrayal of a self.

Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.

If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.

If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform.

If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.

Instructor: Margaret Crastnopol

Class Type: 2 Sessions

Start Date: 02/20/2016

End Date: 02/27/2016

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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$150.00 General Price:

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Margaret Crastnopol

Margaret Crastnopol (aka Peggy), Ph.D. is the author of Micro-trauma: A Psychoanalytic Understanding of Cumulative Psychic Injury, Routledge, 2015. Peggy is a psychologist/psychoanalyst who works with individuals and couples here in Seattle. She is a supervisor of psychotherapy and a faculty member of the William Alanson White Institute in New York City, an associate editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and is on the Editorial Board of Contemporary Psychoanalysis. A founding member of the board of directors of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, she also co-founded the Northwest Center for Psychoanalysis in Seattle. She has published numerous articles on the character and subjectivity of the patient and analyst, and the vicissitudes of love, romance, and lust.

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