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The walls within: working with defenses against otherness

Online Conference 5-11 July 2021

Kenneth Eisold, Ph.D.

Kenneth Eisold, Ph.D., a psychologist and psychoanalyst, has been consulting to management dilemmas for a number of years. In addition to having a deep understanding of individual behavior, honed through his extensive counseling and coaching practice with executives and leaders, he has a wide understanding of the complexities of system-wide behavior, both overt and covert, affecting the ability of organizations to address their missions.

Currently President of the William Alanson White Institute In New York City, he previously served as President of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations. For several years he directed the A. K. Rice Institute’s National Conference, devoted to the study of leadership, authority, and organizational dynamics. He has also worked on conferences designed to help managers grasp the complex dynamics of systems in New York, Washington, Chicago, Houston, St. Louis, and Seattle. Abroad he has worked on training events sponsored by The Tavistock Institute (London), The Grubb Institute (London), The Bayswater Institute (London), The Australian Institute for Socio-Analysis (Melbourne), Il Nodo (Italy), and OFEK (Israel).

In 2010, he published What You Don’t Know Your Know, a review of unconscious dynamics in individual, group and organizational settings, as understood in psychoanalytic theory and updated by more recent neuropsychological research. 2017 saw the publication of his collected papers on The Organizational Life of Psychoanalysis. (La Psicoanalisi e le sue Instituzioni was published two years earlier in Italy.) He has worked extensively with professional organizations, hospitals, university schools and departments, law firms, and training institutes. He has coached leaders in the financial industry, public health, law, and higher education.

He also lectures extensively on the complex and often deeply hidden conflicts that affect organizations and businesses. He was featured in a special supplement of the Wall Street Journal on Corporate Governance.

His papers and commentaries have focused recently on the psychodynamics of leadership and organizations, and have been published in such journals as the International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, Human Relations, Psychoanalytic Psychology, Contemporary Psychoanalysis, The Journal of Analytical Psychology. They have also been on such diverse topics as dreams, literature and psychoanalysis, theories of group behavior, corporate greed and the impact of our growing income inequality.

In addition to his doctorate in Clinical Psychology and his certificate in Psychoanalysis, he holds a doctorate in English and Comparative Literature.