The Surviving Object: Psychoanalytic clinical essays on psychic survival-of-the-object

The main aim of this 5-seminar series is to explore my proposal of the dual concept of an intrapsychic surviving and non-surviving object. What is psychic survival-of-the-object and what difference does it make to the infant’s sense of self and emerging personality? For the beginning of each seminar the author will present the key points of the argument set out in the weekly reading. This will be followed by the participants’’ comments and questions. The focus will be on how to understand Winnicott’s clinical paradigm and how to apply it in the clinical situation. All Readings are from The Surviving Object unless otherwise stated.

Participants will learn to:

  • Start to grasp the dual concept of the surviving and non surviving objects.
  • Apprehend how these concepts apply to the transference/countertransference matrix.
  • Understand how Abram’s concepts advance Winnicott’s late work on the use of an object.”

Course Details

Online via Zoom

Saturdays at 9:30 – 11:00 am

Class dates: 9/7, 10/19, 11/23, 12/14, 1/11 

CEUs: 1.5 per class, 7.5 total

Fee: $412.50

Member Fee: $350.60


Jan Abram
Jan Abram
Jan Abram is a training and supervising analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society and in private practice in London. She is President of the European Psychoanalytic Federation; Visiting Professor of the Psychoanalysis Unit, University College London and Visiting Lecturer and supervisor at the Tavistock Clinic, London. In 2016 she was a Visiting Professor for the University of Kyoto, Japan, where she resided for a writing sabbatical.

Jan Abram has published several books and articles notably: The Language of Winnicott, first published in 1996 and judged Outstanding Academic Book of the Year in 1997 (2nd edition 2007 and translated into several languages; Classic Book PEP); Donald Winnicott Today (2013) for the New Library of Psychoanalysis (shortlisted for a Gradiva Award); The Clinical Paradigms of Melanie Klein and Donald Winnicott: comparisons and dialogues (coauthored with R.D.Hinshelwood Routledge 2018); The Surviving Object: psychoanalytic clinical essays on psychic survival-of-the-object for the New Library of Psychoanalysis, Routledge (2022) and the second book with R.D. Hinshelwood: The Clinical Paradigms of Donald Winnicott and Wilfred Bion: comparisons and dialogues (2023). – for further details