Hate and Destructiveness

in the Psyche, Clinical Encounter and Beyond


The Austin Psychoanalytic program theme for 2020-2021 is Hate and Destructiveness in the Psyche, Clinical Encounter and Beyond. In contrast to our theme of sexuality last year, this year we turn our attention to the darker side of human experience. Freud’s concept of a death drive always was controversial, yet hate and destructiveness seem ubiquitous. We will examine contemporary and historic psychoanalytic views of hate, how it develops, and the dynamics of destructive behavior directed at self, others, and groups. This will include an exploration of how hate and destructiveness manifest in the consulting room. Finally, we will consider whether hate can be tempered and destructiveness transformed into more adaptive forms of aggression.



Diversity Conference with Donald Moss, MD and Lynne Zeavin, PsyD. November 14, 2020 – On White Racism– Dominating the Other/Ravaging the Self– The Workings of Parasitic Whiteness.

Clinical Conference with Otto Kernberg, MD, FAPA – January 23, 2021: Psychoanalysis and Transference Focused Psychotherapy: Differences and Mutual Enrichment. Dr. Kernberg will present on the characterological aspects of hate and destructiveness.

Clinical Conference with Sue Grand, PhD – February 27, 2021 – Hate and Destructiveness in the Clinical Encounter: An Intersubjective Perspective. This conference will explore the hate and destructiveness that can surface in treatment, manifested by therapists as well as clients, and consider ways of dealing with these issues.

Ethics Conference with Jane Tillman, PhD – April 10, 2021-  Working with Suicidal Patients: Ethics and Engagement at the Edge of Life. Our ethics conference will engage in the current approaches to suicide risk and intervention, along with ethical considerations in treating clients exhibiting suicidal and self-harmful behaviors.



September 2, 2020  Ricardo Ainslie, PhD: Long Dark Road: The Psychology of a Hate Crime in East Texas

October 7, 2020: Carrie Barron, MD – Practicing Public Politesse: Toward an Ethos of Mutual Respect

November 4, 2020 Jan Morris, PhD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA, Barbara Davis, LCSW-S, CGP, and Ramona Aarsvold, PhD: Women Therapists and Aggression

December 2020: Holiday Party (Date TBA)

January 2021: No regular monthly meeting due to special conference event with Dr. Otto Kernberg.

February 3, 2021  Alex Samets, LCSW-C: Tension between a social justice model of social work and an analytic approach as interventions in Racism

March 3, 2021 Alana Smith, LCSW, LCDC: Self-hate, Control, and a Yearning for Relief: Psychoanalysis and the treatment of Substance Use disorders

April 7, 2021 Randy Frazier, PhD: Hate in our Intimate Relationships: An Object Relational View

May 5, 2021 Renee Cunningham, MFT: The March from Selma to Montgomery and the Nonviolent Movement in Analysis



The Relational Turn in Psychoanalysis. Tyson Davis, PsyD –  Sept. 21-Oct. 12, 2020, 4 sessions

Cruel and Destructive Connections: Ethical Considerations in Working with Clients Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence. JoAnn Ponder, PhD Oct 20-27, 2020, 2 sessions. 7:00 – 8:30 PM

The “Others” Among and Within Us: Hate and Destructiveness in the Culture and Ourselves. JoAnn Ponder, PhD Oct 5-Nov 9, 2020, 6 sessions. 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM

Wrestling with Thanatos: The Origins of Human Hatred. JoAnn Ponder, PhD  Nov. 16 – December 14, 2020, 4 sessions. 11:45 AM-1:15 PM

Hatred in the Consulting Room. JoAnn Ponder, PhD January 4 – Feb 1, 2021, 5 sessions. 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM.

The Transmission of Evil. JoAnn Ponder, PhD Feb 8-Feb 22, 2021, 3 sessions. 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM

Self-Hatred, Self-Mutilation and Suicide. JoAnn Ponder, PhD March 1 – April 5, 2021, 5 sessions. 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM

Masochism: Contemporary Views on Self-Sabotage . Richard Nicastro, PhD – April 19-May 10, 4 sessions. 7:30 PM – 9PM

Magic, Meaning and Metaphor. How the Writings of Thomas Ogden help us Understand our Patients and Ourselves. Katrina Taylor, LMFT – April 1 – 29, 5 sessions. Thursday evenings.