Panel Presentation (continued):
Father Disillusionment in Courageous Daughters Who Influence Art and Political Health: Psychodynamic and Psychohistorical Implications: Cassidy Hutchinson, Charlotte Bronte, and Suzanne Farrell (60 min)
• Susan Kavaler-Adler (Presenter)
• Ken Fuchsman (Discussant)

Abstract: Cassidy Hutchinson, the heroine of truth telling on the January 6th committee, illustrates the psychological courage related to a capacity to survive father disillusionment, and father figure disillusionment.  Her memoir illustrates the same history of mother adequacy, father failure, and transformation through mournful disillusionment to admirable character development as do the stories of the British literary author, Charlotte Bronte, and the iconic prima ballerina of the Balanchine New York City Ballet, Suzanne Farrell.

This character development had powerful effects on the culture of their times, and on the psychohistorical evolution of each culture.  In contrast, other women artists, and writers, such as Emily Bronte, Emily Dickinson, Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath, Diane Arbus, and Anne Sexton have traumatic failures in primal mothering that prevent the successful mourning (Developmental Mourning) of father disillusionment, resulting in reclusive withdrawal from life, or in suicidal acting out, as opposed to an evolution towards life and relationship development.  Individual psychological capacities for mourning personal father disappointment/ disillusionment/loss can manifest in societal contributions, which profoundly affect the culture of their times. Psychohistory reflects the developmental mourning of each individual woman who shares her personal growth with others through art or through critical public concerns.


Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, D.Litt., NCPsyA, is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst who has been in private practice for 48 years. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and a President of the Board, senior supervisor, active faculty, and a training analyst.

Dr. Kavaler-Adler is a Fellow of the American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis. She is the author of 7 published books and 70 articles, and has received 16 awards for her writing, including the Gradiva® Award from NAAP and 3 Gradiva® nominations. She is internationally known as both an author and public speaker and has given presentations in London and Seoul. Her early books on iconic women writers and artists, were followed by books on the theory of clinical practice with in-depth studies. Her latest book, Developmental Mourning, Erotic Transference, and Object Relations Psychoanalysis (IP Books, 2022), is the first of three volumes of her Selected Papers.

Ken Fuchsman, Ed.D., is past President of the International Psychohistorical Association, past content editor of the Psychohistory News, and Emeritus faculty and administrator at the University of Connecticut. He is a co-editor and the author of a few books – the latest one is Movies, Rock & Roll, Freud: Essays on Film and Music (MindMend Publishing, 2021).