Stockbridge psychologist honored for paper, career in psychoanalysis

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NEW YORK — A longtime Stockbridge psychologist was honored Tuesday at the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Institute, where he presented a paper that linked the roots of psychoanalysis to the work of shamans.

Paul Lippmann, an 85-year-old Ph.D. who has been in the private practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy in Stockbridge since 1971, presented an abridged version of his paper, "The Shamanic Roots of Psychoanalysis: On the Wings of Dreams," at the institute. He was honored for the paper and his career in psychoanalysis.

On April 13, Lippmann will present the full version of his paper at the Red Lion Inn, during an event sponsored by the Western Massachusetts/Albany Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology, a professional organization that he founded and of which he previously served as president.

"The modern practice of psychoanalysis is closely related to ancient shamans in several ways," Lippmann said, describing his paper. "Also, using our dreams, similarly to the way shamans did, can really enrich our work."

While it had been believed that psychoanalysis was born out of Sigmund Freud's mind at the end of the 19th century, its practice is much older, Lippmann said.

"We are only beginning to realize that the dreams of the therapist contain significant ideas about treatment," he wrote in a program for the Red Lion Inn talk. "A portion of the presentation will concern the use of the analyst's dreams — the shaman's contribution to our work."

Lippmann has been a fellow, faculty member, and training and supervising analyst at the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Institute, and was president of the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Society. He's also a member of several professional organizations, the author of "Nocturnes (On Listening to Dreams)," and longtime adjunct faculty member at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge. He has lived in Stockbridge since 1960.

The presentation at the Red Lion Inn will begin at 9 a.m., and preregistration is available WMAAPP.org.

Haven Orecchio-Egresitz can be reached at horecchio@berkshireeagle.com, @HavenEagle on Twitter and 413-770-6977.

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