Dr. Bassen will explore the psychological impact of cultural biases and beliefs on women. Common stereotypes about women have a persistent and insidious impact. Many women struggle with their own internalized expectations in addition to others’ expectations and biases - even when they consciously disavow gender stereotypes. Women tend to experience their assertive and affiliative wishes as being in conflict with each other, and fear that asserting themselves will make them unlikeable and unlovable.
Cecile R. Bassen, MD is a training and consulting analyst at the Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and is on the clinical faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. She has a longstanding interest in gender issues and is the North American co-chair of the Committee on Women and Psychoanalysis of the International Psychoanalytical Association (COWAP).
Discussant: Sue Radant, PhD
Sue Radant, PhD is a training and consulting analyst at the Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. She is a co-founder of the Women’s Group at SPSI and was the first woman Director of SPSI from 2013 through 2018.
After attending this presentation, participants should be able to:
1. describe common stereotypes about women.
2. analyze the psychological impact of gender stereotypes on women.
3. describe ways in which women internalize gender stereotypes and expectations.
SPSI Scientific Session: The Persistent Impact of Stereotypes about Women with Cecile Bassen, MD
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