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On Dignity

By Dr. Peter Maduro, J.D., Psy.D. - Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Instead of a dignity inherent to the human person, and an associated duty to respect it, I find dignity and indignity taking form out of the indeterminate possibilities that characterize any moment of relating between people. Otherwise indeterminate possibilities take one form when a person relates with validating and valuing care for another and his suffering, and take a very different form when such person relates to the other with invalidating, degrading contempt or violence. I see no inherent human value, nor thus any given duty to protect it, but rather inherent possibility and thus human opportunity to steer it in one direction or another --for better or worse. 

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The Meanings of Privation

By Dr. Peter Maduro, J.D., Psy.D. - Sunday, July 30, 2017

I have in mind all those people for whom one or another of their essential emotional needs meets with relentless privation. By “essential emotional needs” I mean, for example, the person’s needs that his or her painful feelings be seen, understood, and held as significant by important-others. By “privation” I mean a state of person’s relational environment --characterized by scarcity or lacking-- wherein there is little to no possibility that such essential needs can or will be met. In my perhaps idiosyncratic usage, deprivation is a state of scarce/negative possibility created by the withdrawal of possibility (possibility given is taken away), whereas privation is a state of scarce/negative possibility that was there from the beginning (possibility never given). 

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Bob Stolorow on Emotional Life, Context, and Diagnosis

By Dr. Peter Maduro, J.D., Psy.D. - Monday, May 15, 2017

On Saturday, April 29, 2017, I attended a “Distinguished Speaker Lecture” at UCLA by my friend, mentor and colleague Dr. Robert D. Stolorow. The lecture was sponsored by the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies, and was entitled “Emotional Disturbance, Trauma, and Authenticity: A Phenomenological-Contextualist Psychoanalytic Perspective.” 

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Psychology and the Other 2017 Conference

By Dr. Peter Maduro, J.D., Psy.D. - Friday, April 07, 2017

Drs. Peter Maduro and William Coburn present an interdisciplinary panel on psychoanalysis, personal agency, and ethics.  Respondent: Dr. Shelley Doctors.  Moderator: Dr. Janna Sandmeyer. 

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IARPP 2017 Conference / Sydney, Australia

By Dr. Peter Maduro, J.D., Psy.D. - Friday, April 07, 2017

Drs. Peter Maduro and Donna Orange presented a panel on final day of the IARPP 2017 Annual Conference entitled "Lived Contextualism: The Intersubjective and the Ethical" in which they explored the possible meanings of making relational understandings and values clinically practical.  This panel was hosted by Leonard Bearne as invited Interlocutor.  

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Living With Grief

By Dr. Peter Maduro, J.D., Psy.D. - Thursday, March 16, 2017

Designed to heal the mind, body, and spirit, this special one-day seminar has been created for anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one. 

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Our Multiplicity of Lives, Theories & Attitudes

By Dr. Peter Maduro, J.D., Psy.D. - Sunday, January 29, 2017

February 25th, 2017

Please join us February 25th, 2017 from 1:00PM to 4:30PM for "Our Multiplicity of Lives, Theories and Attitudes: Commensurability and Incommensurability in Psychoanalysis," presented by William J. Coburn, Ph.D., Psy.D., and Peter N. Maduro, J.D., Psy.D., Psy.D. 

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Self Psychology as Self Protection

By Dr. Peter Maduro, J.D., Psy.D. - Sunday, January 29, 2017

It seems that anyone can use anything for defensive purposes. For some time now, critical attention has been paid to psychoanalytic theories and constructs as products of the subjective emotional worlds of their creators. 

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Welcome!

By Dr. Peter Maduro, J.D., Psy.D. - Monday, January 02, 2017

I’ve wanted to launch my “blog” for a long time, but delayed until I ironed out certain details on my new & improved professional website. I think this site is ready to roll, so will now take the blog-plunge.  

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