The Oscar Sternbach Memorial Award is presented to Otto F. Kernberg, MD, former president of the International Psychoanalytical Association.
His lecture, The Death Drive: A Contemporary View of the Controversy, is a critical examination of Freud’s theory of the death drive based on psychoanalytic explorations of aggressive motivation in cases of both severe and borderline character pathology.
He questions the assumption of an innate self-destructive drive but affirms the inborn nature of aggressive affects and the clinical relevance of Freud’s concept.
Cosponsored by the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis and the Department of Social Sciences at The New School- The New School
Dr. Otto F. Kernberg
Dr. Kernberg is a psychoanalyst and professor of psychiatry at Weill Medical College of Cornell University.
He is most widely known for his psychoanalytic theories on borderline personality organization and narcissistic pathology. In addition, Dr. Kernberg's work has been central in integrating postwar ego psychology (which was primarily developed in the United States and England) with Kleinian object relations (which was developed primarily in continental Europe and South America).
Dr. Kernberg's integrative writings were central to the development of modern object relations, a theory of mind that is perhaps the theory most widely accepted among modern psychoanalysts.