Eric Kulick, M.D.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

8:30am to 9:00am Registration

9:00am to 12:00pm Presentation

Freud, Judaism, and Psychoanalysis: How Kabbalah Can Enrich and Expand Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

Since the publication of David Bakan's book, Sigmund Freud and the Jewish Mystical Tradition, in 1958, there has been a burgeoning literature regarding Freud's Jewish identity, and the degree to which Judaism in general, and Jewish mysticism in particular, contributed to the creation and development of psychoanalysis.

In this presentation, we will discuss Freud's conflicted and ambivalent relationship with Judaism and Jewish thought. We will examine areas of convergence between psychoanalysis and our understanding of the human psyche or soul, and their implications for psychotherapeutic and psychoanalytic practice.

Learning Goals and Objectives

Participants will be able to:

1) Develop an understanding of the anxieties associated with engaging issues of diversity, difference and otherness.

2) Recognize the central role of curiosity as an antidote to cultural ignorance and insensitivity and be able to cultivate such curiosity in themselves and in their patients.

3) Recognize pitfalls and breakdowns that can occur in diversity-related explorations and find ways to use these in the service of the restoration of open, constructive dialogue.


Eric Kulick, M.D., is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Leawood, Kansas.

He is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Greater Kansas City Psychoanalytic Institute and a faculty member. Dr. Kulick is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychoanalytic Association, and the International Psychoanalytic Association. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his M.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Dr. Kulick is a graduate of the Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry and the Topeka Institute for Psychoanalysis. He has studied Judaism with Rabbi Menachem Mendel Wineberg for 25 years. His passions include psychoanalysis, literature, and Judaism.


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OU College of Public Health Auditorium
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Oklahoma City, OK 73104

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