Confronting the Dragons of Our Primaeval Past in Therapy and Analysis

G Michael Kampschaefer, PsyD, ABPP

Saturday, February 22, 2020

8:30am to 9:00am Registration
9:00am to 12:00pm Presentation

Mike will be presenting a semi-final draft of a paper he has (finally) written summarizing his thinking about the "preconditions for conflict" that mediate the relationship between trauma and intrapsychic conflict in all people. Through the lens of contemporary, Nobel prize winning work by Tversky and Kahneman, this paper elaborates several specific primitive and phylogenetically transmitted "fallacies of the mind" which predispose us toward anxiety and depression-generating unconscious conflict in childhood. The presentation will use these "fallacies" as a lens through which to examine a case from what analyst Jaine Darwin has termed the "relational canon" (Hoffman's case of "Ken"). The goal is to make the essence of the Freud-Brenner Conflict Model (with it's goal of relative mastery) more comprehensible and useful with contemporary relational sensibilities. Time will be allowed for extensive audience discussion of both theoretical and case material.

If they wish, participants can prepare by reading Hoffman's case of Ken from his famous 1998 paper "Ritual and Spontaneity in the Psychoanalytic Process" (p. 225-244).


OU College of Public Health
801 NE 13th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73104

Map to the OU College of Public Health Auditorium

Registration by Mail

If you prefer to register by mail, please print off the following brochure and mail it with your check to: OSPS, PO Box 12683, Oklahoma City, OK 73157. If you have questions about registration, please email Trish Myers at

Mike Kampschaefer Brochure

Learning Goals and Objectives

Participants will learn:

1. About the Nobel prize winning contributions of Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman to the field of Cognitive Psychology and Behavioral Economics.

2. One way that the observed (universal) tendency toward mental "misinferential" strategies can be applied to the field of psychoanalysis.

3. About one way of using "fallacies of mind" to usefully conceptualize material from a well known case (of Hoffman's).


Dr. Michael Kampschaefer is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice. He is a member of the International Psychoanalytic Association and is a Personal and Supervising Analyst for PINC, and a Personal Analyst/member of ICP.