Gossip: Telling Lies, Telling Truths, Telling the Difference
May 14, 2016 2-4pm
Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Gossip can be a way of tearing people down; shaming, scorning, abusing, bullying, ostracizing; it can drive victims into isolation, despair and suicide. But gossip can also be positive; in organizations, gossip can transmit culture and inform workers about whom to trust and what to expect. Through gossip we can access personal meaning; in psychotherapy, much conversation is gossip-
evaluative talk about others who are not there. In our family, social and professional lives, gossip provides self-justification as well as a way of acknowledging our experience of others that, for various reasons, we can’t acknowledge in their presence. This CAPP Conversation will consider the destructive and constructive functions of gossip-one of the most human of interpersonal activities-and how to tell the difference.
Our presenters include:
Christine Kieffer, PhD, ABPP, child and adult psychoanalyst and psychotherapist, faculty member at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and Rush Medical College, and in private practice in Winnetka and the Loop. Christine will discuss the dynamics of gossip as an instrument of dominance, exclusion and aggression, on both perpetrators and victims.
Timothy Hallett, PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of Undergraduate Study, Department of Sociology, at Indiana University. Timothy will discuss social science research showing the positive role of gossip in organizations, where it can help preserve organizational culture, and orient new and existing members about whom to trust and what to expect.
Jay Einhorn, PhD, LCPC, President of CAPP, Clinical Supervisor at the Family Institute of Northwestern University, and in private practice in Evanston. Jay will discuss the role of gossip-evaluative talk about others who are not there-in psychotherapy and personal and professional relationships, and will consider how the therapist’s response to client/patient gossip contributes to, and constrains, the therapeutic relationship.
Today’s presentation will provide 2 CEs for licensed psychologists, social workers and LCPCs. Today’s presentation is free for CAPP members, $25.00 for non-CAPP members ($5.00 for students), and CEs are $15.00 per person.