Leon Hoffman

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  • L Hoffman
  • Journal of the American Psychoanalytic…
  • 1992
The author reviews the scant literature relating to the concept of depressive affect as an affect parallel to anxiety. Then, through the presentation of detailed clinical psychoanalytic data, in particular the patient's associations to interpretation, he demonstrates the value to the conduct of a psychoanalysis of an awareness of the role of depressive(More)
A growing interest in the neuroscience of emotion regulation, particularly the subfield of implicit emotion regulation, brings new opportunity for the psychodynamic treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders of childhood. At the same time, psychodynamic theorists have become more aware of the centrality of affects in mental life. This paper introduces a(More)
This paper represents a step toward trying to integrate clinical and research perspectives. To achieve this integration, analysts need to be clear about the clinical constructs and specific interventions they utilize as they try to unpack the concept of "therapeutic action. "In trying to understand "how" interventions work, technical interventions need to(More)
Application of a computerized text analysis procedure is proposed that has the potential for use by psychoanalytic and psychodynamic clinicians: the systematic examination of linguistic style as reflected by clinicians in their ongoing process and case notes, which are ubiquitous in the mental health field. The studies reported here are, as far as is known,(More)
On the day of this writing (April 10, 2016), an article in the New York Timesnotedanapology fromJ.Dennis Hastert, a former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, for the sexualabuseheallegedlycommitteddecadesago while he was a high school teacher and coach (1). Such revelations of a breach of basic trust, unfortunately, are all too common. People in(More)
Computerized linguistic measures of emotional engagement, and reflective and affective language, previously applied to session transcripts, were applied to notes of 14 treatments by candidates under supervision at the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, covering the five decades from the 1950s to the 1990s. The findings indicate a strong(More)
In this paper the author continues his study of conflicts over aggression in women, discussing the implications for contemporary theories of feminine psychology of observations of mothers in parent/child groups with their infants and toddlers. Many mothers experience conflicts over aggression (both in themselves and in their children) and become intolerant(More)
This paper describes a segment of the analysis of an aggressive latency-age child. The data demonstrate the relationship between the establishment of a psychoanalytic process (the analysis of transference, defense, and resistance), the development and nature of insight in the child, and the resulting therapeutic change. Examination of the process shows that(More)
The impact of Sigmund Freud's lectures in America in 1909 is discussed. Some of the roots of psychoanalysis and their contemporary relevance are addressed: neurological ideas, the discussions of the sexologists, and the degeneration theories at the turn of the twentieth century. Factors which led to the dominance of psychoanalysis in psychiatry included, in(More)
© 2014 The American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry Leon Hoffman, M.D., Director, Pacella Parent Child Center; Co-Director, Research Center of the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute; Chief Psychiatrist, West End Day School, New York City. Most recent works include “Berta Bornstein’s Frankie: The Contemporary Relevance of a(More)