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Loneliness is perhaps one of the most painful affective states a person can experience. It is a subjective experience that most of us have, at some point in our lives, had. It may be experienced as an intense emptiness or solitude, an isolation from others both internal and/or external. Or, it can be experienced as grief; a loneliness in the presence of others. It can be also be understood by its duration (e.g., temporary or chronic) or, as Sartre noted, an essential feature of the human condition. Sartre believed this condition arose from conflict between the need to create meaning in life and the awareness of isolation or nothingness in the universe.
Academy Member Dr. Douglas Ingram will be presenting on Panel III: Loneliness /Solitude in the Psychoanalytic Training Process. Drs. Matthew Tolchin and Sheila Hafter Gray are members of the Organizing Committee. The American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry is a sponsor of this Symposium and encourages members to participate.