•  The Political Mind

    The Role of the Unconscious in Political and Social Life

    12 May - 14 July 2015


    No of sessions:      10

    Time:                      8:15-9:45 pm

    Day:                       Tuesday

    Dates:                    12th, 19th, 26th May; 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th June; 7th, 14 July 2015.

    Cost:                       £120 for BPAS Members and £200 for non Members

    Venue:                   Institute of Psychoanalysis, Byron House, 112a Shirland Road, London W9.


    Seminar Series of 10 seminars on the Political Mind in the Summer term at

    The Institute of Psychoanalysis, Centre for the Advancement of Psychoanalytic Studies,


    Seminar Leader and Organiser: David Morgan, Psychoanalyst, British Psychoanalytical Society (BPAS).




    Introduction: Dr Nick Temple President BPAS

    1> May 12: David Morgan "Whistleblowers and Dissent: Moral Good or Self Interest? What are the psychological dimensions of defying a perverse or corrupt authority?"

    2> May 19: John Alderdice "Devoted Actors the psychology of Fundamentalism & Terrorism"

    3> May 26: Sally Weintrobe "Climate change and the culture of uncare"  

    4> June 2: Phil Stokoe “The Impact of Power on the Mind of the Politician"  

    5> June 9: Josh Cohen "Psychoanalysis and the Politics of Idleness."

    6> June 16: Bob Hinshelwood "Reflection or action: Never the twain shall meet"

    7> June 23: David Bell "All thats solid melts into air: Psychoanalytic reflections on the socio-economic crisis"

    8> June 30: Ruth McCall "The Psychoanalysis of Exclusion."

    9> July 6: Edgard Sanchez "Power and the manipulation of the masses. Third world perspectives."

    10> July 13: Michael Rustin "The Psychology of Neoliberalism"


    Psychoanalysis and Politics

    It would be hard to underestimate the importance of Freud's contribution to political thought. He interrogated the origin and structure of society in "Totem and Taboo", exposed illusions and dogmas in "The Future of an Illusion", "Civilization and its Discontents" and described the foundation of a people in "Moses and Monotheism."  Freud challenged "civilised sexual morality" viewing it as the origin of "the nervous and mental illness of modern times." In “Mass Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego" he brought a radical new understanding to the relationship of leaders to the led, the functioning of crowds and the origins of power. The ‘superego’ provided the bridging concept necessary for the understanding of the manner in which values, ideals, and the imperatives associated with morality and society are internalised into the psyche. Many central ideas of political philosophy (such as concepts of rationality, human agency, autonomy, the nature of human responsibility, the idea of 'the good society') have a natural intersection with psychoanalytic concepts.

    This series of seminar’s aims to provide a forum for continuing this interdisciplinary conversation.


    Further information and Booking Form can be found on the Beyond the Couch event booking webpage here.

    Click here to book online or for more information contact David Morgan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

    and Marjory Goodall, IoP Events Officer, Tel: 020 7563 5016  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



  • Tuesday's April 25 - 25 July 2017 - 8.15-9.45pm

    Institute of Psychonanalysis, Byron House, 112A Shirland Road, Maida Vale, London W9 2BT

    The role of the unconscious in political and social life. In times of political turmoil, where does one turn for insight? "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold”?(Yeats). “The old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear”(Gramsci) “Everything must change so that everything can stay the same." (Tancredi in "The Leopard")