Don Carveth Interview

Professor Carveth teaches Sociology and Social & Political Thought at York University, Glendon College, in Toronto. He is a Training and Supervising Analyst in the Canadian Institute of Psychoanalysis (IPA) and a member Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association. He serves on the faculties of the Toronto Institute of Psychoanalysis, the Toronto Child Psychotherapy Programme, and the Advanced Training Programme in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy of the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society (of which he is a former Director). He is past Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis/Revue Canadienne de Psychanalyse and a member of the Editorial Boards of Psychoanalysis & Contemporary Thought, Free Associations, PSYART: A Hyperlink Journal for the Psychological Study of the Arts, and the Journal of Psycho-Social Studies

Topics: Psychoanalysis, Erich Fromm, Erik Erikson, Jean-Paul Sartre, Authoritarianism, the Superego vs the Conscience, etc.



Latest Book:

This insightful and innovative book sheds light on the complexity of the concept of guilt, while exploring aspects of guilt that have previously been overlooked in psychoanalytic theory and discourse.

Offering original insights on the topic, Donald Carveth looks at Freud’s failure to distinguish persecutory guilt from reparative guilt, and the superego from the conscience. The significance of these distinctions for both psychosocial theory and clinical practice is explored throughout the volume. Carveth distinguishes varieties of punitive guilt, such as justified, unjustified, “borrowed” or induced, existential and collective. He expertly describes patterns of self-punishment and self-sabotage, while also addressing the widespread use of persecutory guilt and self-punishment as a defence against and evasion of reparative guilt, contrition, and reparation. Throughout the volume, Carveth critically reviews a range of recent contributions to psychoanalytic literature to support his theories.