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Scientific Meeting

November 14, 2019 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Presenter: Austin Ratner, MD
Date & Time: Thursday, November 14, 2019 [8:00 PM – 10:00 PM] Contact Hours: 2 (for Licensed Social Workers)
Location: 329 East 62 nd St (Bet. 1 st & 2nd Avenues), NYC 10065

Overview: Dr. Ratner’s new book, The Psychoanalyst’s Aversion to Proof, presents original new ideas for healing the age-old divide between psychoanalysis and the other mental health fields. According to Freud’s theory of public resistance to psychoanalysis, medical institutions and
authorities would never let go of their biases against psychoanalysis, whose pronouncements about painful aspects of human nature were too difficult to hear. Freud and later analysts have appealed to the theory of public resistance to justify their passivity about proving and promoting psychoanalysis. But is that theory correct? Dr. Ratner proposes an alternative hypothesis-proof aversion-to explain the passivity and, hopefully, to help cure it so that psychoanalysis can regain its eminent place
among the mental sciences.

Learning Objectives:
1. Educate psychoanalysts about proof aversion.
2. Discuss Freud’s authoritarianism as a byproduct of his proof aversion, and examine how that authoritarianism relates to the history of AIP.
3. Open a dialogue and answer questions.

Austin Ratner is author of 4 books of fiction and non-fiction. He has written on psychoanalytic topics for newspapers and academic journals, including The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Psychoanalytic Review, and The Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. Austin received his M.D. from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and studied psychoanalysis through a mentorship with the American Psychoanalytic Association. His 2009 novel The Jump Artist won the Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and was praised by Harpers Magazine as a “remarkable work.”

The American Institute for Psychoanalysis is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0338.

If you would like to register by phone or inquire about a course, presentation or CE credits, please call the American Institute for Psychoanalysis (AIP) at 212-838-8044 or email

This meeting has been approved for 2 contact hours for licensed social workers. A certificate will be mailed to those who sign the attendance sheet, complete an evaluation and pay an administrative fee of $10.

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November 14, 2019
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


American Institute of Psychoanalysis


American Institute for Psychoanalysis
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New York, NY 10065 United States
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