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On Having Whiteness

  • Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute 32841 Middlebelt Road Farmington Hills, MI, 48334 United States (map)

Course Description:

Dr. Moss will focus on Whiteness as a condition one first acquires and then one has-- a malignant, parasitic-like, condition to which “white” people have a particular susceptibility. The condition is foundational, generating characteristic ways of being in one’s body, in one’s mind, and in one’s world.   

Parasitic Whiteness renders its hosts’ appetites voracious, insatiable and perverse. Parasitic Whiteness infiltrates our drives early.  The infiltrated drive binds id-ego-superego into a singular entity, empowered to dismiss and override all forms of resistance. The drive apparatus of Whiteness divides the object world into two distinct zones. In one zone, the Whiteness-infiltrated drive works in familiar ways-- inhibited, checked, distorted, transformed-- susceptible, that is, to standard neurotic deformations.  In the other, however, none of this holds true. 

There, the liberated drive goes rogue, unchecked and unlimited, inhibited by neither the protests of its objects nor the counterforces of its internal structures.   

Clinical examples will be offered.


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CE Value (credits): 2
CE Type: Standard

Sponsor Name:
Michigan Psychoanalytic Society

Contact Information:
Monica Evans