Individual Presentation:
• Jerome Blackman: Rescue Fantasies, Splitting, Idealization, Inhibition of Critical Judgment, and Magical Parental Transferences to American Presidents as an Antidote to Fear (60 min)

Abstract: In relation to the real fears of dastardly world leaders, who seem to appear in each generation, Americans have rallied around idealized presidents. This presentation examines some of the psychoanalytic understanding of how individuals and large groups respond to real fear. The responses can be realistic but can also involve several defensive operations regarding the President at the time of the danger. Splitting, idealization, and transferences are explicated as mechanisms and as they apply to Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon, and Carter. An earlier, abbreviated version of this presentation was made at the Psychohistory Forum.

Bio: Jerome S. Blackman, M.D., FIPA, is professor of clinical psychiatry at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk; Training and Supervising Analyst with the Contemporary Freudian Society in Washington DC; Faculty member at the Object Relations Institute in New York, and invited lecturer at Icahn Mt Sinai School of Medicine, New York. He is past Distinguished Professor of Mental Health (2018 – 21) through Harvard – Shanxi Medical University in Taiyuan, China, twice past President of the Virginia Psychoanalytic society, and past President of the American College of psychoanalysts. His honors include the Edith Sabin MD award from the American Psychoanalytic Association.  he is the author of five books, including 101 Defenses: How the Mind Shield Itself (his first) and Developmental Evaluation of Children and Adolescents: A Psychodynamic Guide (co-author, 2023).

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