The Psychoanalyst's Superegos, Ego Ideals and Blind Spots: The Emotional Development of the Clinician | Vic Sedlak - New Library of Psychoanalysis Webinar

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The fourth in the series of the New Library of Psychoanalysis Webinars in collaboration with the Outreach Committee

The New Library of Psychoanalysis Webinar
Online event

A chance to hear authors discuss their work, to find out more about recently published books and to revisit classic texts and best sellers.

These conversations will be of interest to clinicians working in psychiatry, psychology, psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, and other areas of mental health.

  • Fourth of the series
  • Attendees can tune in live, or access a recording any time over the following week, enabling viewing at their own convenience. (After this time, the recording will no longer be available)
  • Signing up for a webinar provides attendees with a code to obtain a 20% discount on the book discussed.  

Anne Patterson, Editor of the New Library of Psychoanalysis, will introduce Vic Sedlak's book.

Vic Sedlak, President of the British Psychoanalytical Society, will be joined in discussion with Julia Fabricius, Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society.

In The Psychoanalyst's Superegos, Ego Ideals and Blind Spots: The Emotional Development of the Clinician, Vic Sedlak examines clinicians’ fear of a superego which threatens to become censorious of themselves or their patient and their need to aspire to standards demanded by their ego ideals. These dynamic forces are considered in relation to treatments which fail, to supervision and to recent innovations in psychoanalytic technique. The difficulty of giving thought to hostility is particularly stressed. 

Richly illustrated with clinical material, this book will enable practitioners to recognise the unconscious forces which militate against their clinical effectiveness.

From Endorsements:

"...Compelling to read, this beautifully written report of one analyst’s struggles was, for me, emotionally evocative and educationally enlightening. It is a compelling master class in the perplexity of analytic exploration, where each journey is original and unique" Warren S. Poland, Sigourney Awardee 2009, Author Intimacy and Separateness in Psychoanalysis.

"…Anyone who is interested in understanding the unconscious dynamics in the therapist/patient relationship will be rewarded by reading Vic Sedlak’s accessible and insightful study of the "glancing" thought; the thought that the clinician resists knowing without knowing he or she is avoiding it..."  Donald Campbell, Training and supervising analyst, Distinguished Fellow and past President, British Psychoanalytical Society.

"...Here he examines the role of the analyst’s reactions and responses in the psychoanalytic session. He covers a wide field but for me he is particularly convincing when he describes how the analyst’s responsiveness is especially affected by his capacity to accept the emergence of hatred, hostility and destructiveness in his patient and also in himself..." John Steiner, Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst, Distinguished Fellow, British Psychoanalytical Society.

Registration for this event will close an hour before the live event begins.

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Views and opinions expressed by speakers are their own and do not represent the views or opinions of the Institute, event organisers or other speakers. We expect delegates to respect the confidentiality of clinical material discussed in our events. The content must not be recorded, conveyed or disseminated in any format and participants must not share access to the event with non-registered participants.

November 12th, 2022 3:00 PM through  4:30 PM
Online via Zoom
United Kingdom
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