Dr. Leonard Shengold, 94, Psychoanalyst Who Studied Youngster Abuse, Dies

“Len was properly conscious that the affect of trauma was modified by unconscious fantasies, and that one by no means bought a very correct depiction of a traumatic expertise,” Dr. Blum stated in a cellphone interview.


Leonard Shengold was born on Dec. 5, 1925, in Syracuse, N.Y., to Chaim and Sonia (Kosofsky) Shengold, each of whom had immigrated from cities that have been a part of the Russian empire on the time. His father, a watchmaker, got here from Minsk; his mom, a homemaker, was from Vilna.

Leonard was 5 years previous when his father began experiencing extreme angina assaults, prompting his mom to warning him, “You mustn’t get him excited; it would kill him,” he recalled in an interview with the Worldwide Discussion board of Psychoanalysis in 2011. “And as quickly as she stated that, I might inform from her face how distressed she was to have stated it. She began to cry, and I began to cry. Maybe I had an early expertise for empathy.”

His father died seven years later.

Leonard, a bookish teenager, attended Syracuse College for one semester earlier than transferring to Columbia Faculty in New York, the place one in every of his academics, the literary critic Lionel Trilling, sparked his curiosity in Freud and psychoanalysis.

At 18 he entered the Military, the place he served as an air-to-ground radio operator in India after which as a clerk in North Africa and Saudi Arabia after the Japanese give up. He took two books with him to the warfare reflecting his literary and scientific pursuits: Proust’s “Remembrance of Issues Previous” and Freud’s “Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis.”

He graduated from Columbia in 1947 with a bachelor’s diploma in English and earned a medical diploma on the Lengthy Island Faculty of Medication (now SUNY Downstate Well being Sciences College) 4 years later. He obtained coaching on the Psychoanalytic Institute and Clinic at Downstate (now the Psychoanalytic Affiliation of New York, which is affiliated with the New York College College of Medication).

Over his 60-year profession, Dr. Shengold noticed sufferers privately; was a coaching analyst on the institute, in addition to its director from 1975 to 1978; and taught psychiatry at N.Y.U. He obtained the Sigourney Award, for work advancing psychoanalysis, in 1997.

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