This coming weekend (9th-10th June 2017), the Institute of Psychoanalysis will be hosting a conference on poetry and psychoanalysis, focusing on ‘Creative Borders and Boundaries’. On Friday evening and throughout Saturday there will be poetry readings, lectures and discussions, with poets, academics and analysts exploring ideas around creativity, politics and consciousness across the separate, yet often complementary, worlds of poetry and psychoanalysis.
Co-organiser Susanne Lansman has talked about the motivations behind the event:
We are delighted to report that Dr John Steiner, a Distinguished Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society, is one of the recipients of the 2016 Sigourney Award. The Sigourney Award recognises individuals or organisations who are making significant advances in Clinical Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Research, or Applied Psychoanalysis.
Zygmunt Bauman, who died on 9th January this year, was a renowned and widely influential sociologist, whose intellectual influences included Sigmund Freud’s body of psychoanalytic theory. Bauman lived, and suffered, through the catastrophic upheavals of the Second World War and its aftermath. Born to Jewish parents in Poznań, Poland in 1925, his family fled upon the Nazis’ invasion in 1939. The Baumans escaped to the USSR and, several years later, Bauman enlisted in the Soviet-controlled First Polish Army, as part of which he fought in several battles.
My friend and colleague Eric Rayner, who has died aged 90, was a psychoanalyst, writer and teacher of remarkable empathy and independence.
As chair of the British Psychoanalytical Society’s board and council (1981-84), Eric was a driving force in ensuring that psychoanalysis should extend beyond London and was instrumental in setting up successful training courses away from the capital.
The migrant threatens us where it hurts: in the unconscious fear that there is not enough to go round, writes David Morgan
“It is always possible to bind a number of people in love as long as there are others left over to receive the manifestations of their aggressiveness – the outsider may be different in only minor ways, but this will suffice.”
— Freud, Civilisation and Its Discontents
In New York (1977) Bion suggested the writing of a book to be called “The Interpretation of Facts” in which ‘facts’ would be translated into dream language, in order to get ‘a two-way traffic’ going with the “Interpretation of Dreams” (in which dreams are translated into facts).
In this Tedx talk, David Tuckett (a training analyst and Director of the University College London Centre for the Study of Decision-Making Uncertainty) focuses on using psychoanalysis to understand behaviour in financial markets and the economy.
His book, Minding the Markets: An Emotional Finance View of Financial Stability, opened new ways of thinking about economics and finance. He now introduces Conviction Narrative Theory (CNT).
What can psychoanalytic ideas bring to the discussion on climate change?
We spoke to Sally Weintrobe, a psychoanalyst and editor of Engaging with Climate Change, in which psychoanalytic ideas are used to help understand why we are in denial about climate change and the earth's future.
We are delighted to announce that we will be working with Casswell Bank Architects on the remodelling of our headquarters, Byron House.
The first phase of work will commence in the Summer this year, and will involve the refurbishment of our child and adolescent consulting rooms and improved provision for our extensive archive.
The second phase will take place in the Summer of 2017, when substantial improvements will be made to our main lecture room, the Sigmund Freud Room.
One day near the end of April last year I pulled ninety books from the shelves, arranged them on a Library trolley, and pushed the wobbly load through the doors of the Mary Wright Room. Thus began the cataloguing of the entire Library of the Institute of Psychoanalysis.
On January 7, The Guardian published an article by Oliver Burkeman, "Therapy wars: the revenge of Freud", discussing the many differences between psychoanalysis and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Learning opportunities for those outside London and for international students: introducing our bespoke and online courses.
We offer bespoke courses to those who can’t come to us for long periods of time but would like to have an opportunity to come for a short visit to get some teaching and supervision on their topics of interest.
Early in 2016 we will be offering online learning opportunities. You will be able to join a regular online introductory course or to create your own learning path by choosing the lectures that interest you and joining discussion forums.
Early in 2016 we will be offering schools and individual students opportunities to come to us for a day/ half day visits .
We can offer lectures and interactive learning about our work as psychoanalysts and in the public sector mental health services.
It is with great regret that we learnt of the death of Professor John Forrester, a distinguished Associate of our Society, on Tuesday 24th November. He made an extensive contribution to the study of the history of psychoanalysis and was a great friend to our Society.
Professor Forrester’s close colleague, Simon Schaffer, has written a moving obituary, which is available on the University of Cambridge’s website:
It is uplifting to end a very busy 2015 with the launch of our new website. The website is clear, modern and packed with interesting content. It represents an Institute which is proud of its history, and the enormous contribution it has made to the understanding of the human mind, but is not obsessed with the past. It portrays us, quite accurately, as a forward thinking Institute.
The launch of the website symbolises a year where there has been a good deal of focused work in thinking carefully about how the outside world perceives us.