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The 2018 Ernest Jones Lecture “Shell Shock: A Very British Practice” was delivered in style by Professor Sir Simon Wessely at UCL on 25th April. He gave an erudite but also highly entertaining account, rooted in the atmosphere and mores of World War 1.
The first annual Psychoanalysis & Poetry competition was judged by poet and psychoanalyst Beatrice Garland. After a first degree in English Literature, she worked as a National Health Service clinician, teacher and researcher in psychological medicine at both the Tavistock Clinic and the Maudsley Hospital. She has won both the National Poetry Competition and the Strokestown International Poetry Prize, and was short-listed for the inaugural Picador Poetry Prize.
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:
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).
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.
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.