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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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