A Psychoanalytic Reading of Adam Smith's Texts

This presentation will focus on the life and works of Adam Smith, the founder of contemporary economics. Latent content analysis is applied to The Wealth of Nations (1776/1981), showing that Smith considers dependence on others a problem. A reading of his biography illustrates his solution to one's individual independence from another is through a system of impersonalized interdependence as revealed in his economic theories. How forms of dependence/independence appear in clinical work will be discussed.


Friday, May 30, 2014 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
7:00 PM - Registration/Wine & Cheese



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San Diego, CA 92117
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SDPC Members: Free
Associate Members: $20
Students: $15
Non-members: $25

Educational Objective(s)

  • Explain the connection between Adam Smith's background and his economic theory of impersonalized interdependence.
  • Discuss the application of Smith's notion of impersonalized interdependence to the mid-phase of a psychoanalysis.
  • Outline 3 basic ethical issues that come up in considering the relationship of economic beliefs to analytic treatment.
  • Specify how cultural competence in analytic treatment is affected by economic beliefs.

Presenter Information

Professor Özler has an undergraduate degree in economics from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University, and a Psy.D. from the New Center for Psychoanalysis (Los Angeles). She teaches as a tenured faculty at U.C.L.A. Economics Department, where she has taught since 1985. She has published articles on international trade, international finance, and gender economics pertaining to developing countries, as well as on history of economic thought and psychoanalysis. She also taught at Stanford University, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and Koç University in İstanbul. She has a psychoanalytic practice in Santa Monica.