Book Talk & Reading: Misogyny, Projective Identification, and Mentalization by Karyne Messina
The Radium Girls of the 1920s. The Women’s Air Service Pilots of World War II. Rwandan women of Tutsi and Hutu backgrounds and all-too-similar victims of wartime violence. Girls brought into sex trafficking and then persecuted for it. Throughout history, women have continuously had the injustices committed against them extinguished from the collective memory by their perpetrators, supervisors, and guardians.
Misogyny, Projective Identification, and Mentalization tells the story of women who have been erased, dismissed, and devalued, while putting forth a hypothesis about why the phenomenon occurs and what can be done to change this dynamic. Author Karyne Messina proposes that projective identification—the mechanism that allows a person or group to get rid of negative feelings, thoughts, or fantasies by attributing them to someone else—can (particularly in political and cultural settings) create a hivemind and lead to dismissal, humiliation, violence, and atrocity against women. With specific reference on the erasure of women’s contributions in society, including the recent election loss by Hillary Clinton in 2016, and the trauma that arises from the many effects of regarding women as a group as "less" or "other," Misogyny, Projective Identification, and Mentalization sets a new agenda for understanding how misogyny is expressed socially.
Karyne Messina, Ed. D., FABP is a psychologist and Supervising Analyst at the Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis and is on the medical staff of Johns Hopkins Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. She maintains a full-time private practice in Chevy Chase, Maryland. She was previously the Director of the Meyer Treatment Center at the Washington School of Psychiatry and the Director of Continuing Education for Women at George Washington University.
Friday, May 31, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
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Published: Routledge - April 1st, 2019