Psychoanalysis

  • Podcast by psychoanalyst and writer Adam Phillips

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    Adam Phillips · Against Self-Criticism Self-criticism can be our most unpleasant – our most sadomasochistic – way of loving ourselves.

  • Synopsis: Buenos Aires is the psychoanalytic capital of the world with twice the number of therapists per head than New York. Through years of state terror and economic disaster, millions of Argentinians have sought refuge on the analyst’s couch. Such a demand for an expensive and time-consuming exercise suggests a neurosis on a national scale. Therefore, like the analyst, this film puts Argentina on the couch to discover the root causes of this unique obsession. Here, psychoanalysts have not only tried to resolve the inner conflicts of their patients but also fought violent repression from cruel dictatorships that still haunt Argentina today.

     

    villa f3Director: Adam Barnett and Simon Deeley | Producer: Adam Barnett and Simomon Deeley Genre: Documentary | Produced In: 2009 | Country: United Kingdom Synopsis: Buenos Aires is the psychoanalytic capital of the world with twice the number of therapists per head than New York. Through years of state terror and economic disaster, millions of Argentinians have sought refuge on the analyst’s couch. Such a demand for an expensive and time-consuming exercise suggests a neurosis on a national scale. Therefore, like the analyst, this film puts Argentina on the couch to discover the root causes of this unique obsession. Here, psychoanalysts have not only tried to resolve the inner conflicts of their patients but also fought violent repression from cruel dictatorships that still haunt Argentina today.

    Watch the documentary HERE

  • "On Addiction" - Final Thesis - Master of Arts in Psychoanalysis, 2006, Middlesex University, London, UK.

    2. FREUD'S THEORIZATIONS ON ADDICTION

    The Cocaine Papers
    Civilizations and its Discontents 

    3.INTOXICATION AND TOXICOMANIA 

    4.ADDICTION AND THE ACTUAL NEUROSES
    5.CAUSES OF ADDICTION
    Freud's ideas on Pain
    Cancellation of Pain
    The Pharmakon
    Administration of Enjoyment

    6.TOXICOMANIA AND THE CLINICAL STRUCTURES

    7.THE MARRIAGE WITH THE PHALLUS

    8. CONCLUSION

    NOTES
    BIBLIOGRAPHY

  • An overview of the theory, practice, and research aspects of psychoanalysis. Clinicians discuss the nature of the unconscious, the work of Sigmund Freud, the process of gaining self-awareness and the opportunities for growth using the psychoanalytic approach. Produced by Anne Frances Johnson (www.annefjohnson.com) with support from the North Carolina Psychoanalytic Foundation.
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    Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy NOW 2015

    Getting to Grips with Society's Ills: A Psychoanalytic Perspective

     
    6th June 2015   9:30 am - 6:00 pm
     
    Holiday Inn, Kensington Forum, 97 Cromwell Road,London SW7 4DN.
     

    A day of thought-provoking presentations, workshops and debates on innovations in psychoanalytic psychotherapy: bridging the clinical and academic study of psychoanalytic psychotherapy with political discourse and social policy. This year’s PP NOW conference will address the themes of Conflict, Poverty and Trauma, showcasing the impact that psychodynamic and psychoanalytic thinking can bring to a better understanding of some of the major social issues affecting society today.

     

    Plus:

    George Monbiot (author and Guardian journalist) will be presenting at the Friday night public lecture with panel members Nick Pearce (Institute for Public Policy Research) and Julian Lousada (Psychoanalyst and BPC Chair) Venue: Tuke Hall, Regent's University, London.

     

    Booking for the Friday evening PP NOW Lecture here

     

    PP NOW will be held at the Holiday Inn, Kensington Forum, London on Saturday 6 June, preceded by the public lecture on Friday 5 June at Tuke Hall, Regent's University. The Holiday Inn Kensington is conveniently located near Gloucester Road underground station.

     

    Book online here  Payment can also be made over the phone using a credit or debit card, please contact the BPC office 0207 561 9240  Email:

     

     

    PP NOW Conference - Provisional Programme

     

    Coffee and Registration

     

    Welcome and introduction: Gary Fereday, Chief Executive, British Psychoanalytic Council.


    Keynote Session: A Psychological Look at Terrorism

    The plenary presentation will illustrate the psychology of an “encapsulated” religious fundamentalism, the story of a religious cult. Using this story as a stepping stone Dr Volkan examines the psychology of “globalized” extreme fundamentalist religious terrorism. focusing on the fusion of individual and large-group identities and how people can exhibit extreme sadism and masochism  under the impact of large-group identity.

     

    Keynote speaker: Vamik Volkan, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, University of Virginia
    Coffee break (tea and coffee available all day)

     

    Breakout Sessions:

    1. Social disorder, Marginalisation and Gang Culture  Paul Kassman Jean Knox

    2. Domestic Violence and Hateful Relationships Anna Motz Joanna Rosenthall                                   

    3. Psychotic Systems Clare Gerada Julian Lousada

    4. Emotional Poverty Sue Gerhardt Graham Music

     

    Lunch

     

    Breakout Sessions:

    1. Antisocial Personality Disorder - New Directions Gill McGauley Jessica Yakeley

    2. Perversion, Violence and Criminality - Child sexual abuse Jon Brown Estela Welldon

    3. Poverty and the Psychological Impact of Money Karl Figlio  

    4. War and Modern Conflict Philip Spencer Vamik Volkan

     

    Coffee break

     

    Closing Plenary: Panel discussion reflecting on the key themes of the day and dialogue with the audience With panel members Julian Lousada and Jean Knox.

     


    Reception and Awards Ceremony Presentation of the PP NOW 2015 Awards

    • Innovative Excellence Award
    • Outstanding Professional Leadership Award
    • Bernard Ratigan Award for Psychoanalysis and Diversity

     

    Payment and Registration Methods for the PP NOW Conference

     

    Download a registration form here or click here to pay online via PayPal.

    Using the PayPal payment option on this page incurs a surcharge to cover PayPal’s processing fees, reflected in the rates given here.

     

     

  •  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).

     

    Programme

     

    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.

     

     

  • 'What is Psychoanalysis?' is a 4-part educational film series for students and teachers. Primarily aimed at A-Level Psychology students studying the 'psychodynamic approach', these films are intended to facilitate first encounters with Freud's thought. IN THIS EPISODE: Is psychoanalysis weird? A talking cure The unconscious The ego is not master in its own house Psychoanalysis and the 'cognitive approach' More info: www.freud.org.uk/education/
  • 'What is Psychoanalysis?' is a 4-part educational film series for students and teachers.

    Primarily aimed at A-Level Psychology students studying the 'psychodynamic approach', these films are intended to facilitate first encounters with Freud's thought.

    IN THIS EPISODE:
    An enlarged concept of sexuality
    Infantile sexuality
    Perversion
    Normal and abnormal
    Psychosexual stages of development: oral, anal, phallic
    Repression
    Sexuality and symptoms

    More info: www.freud.org.uk/education/

  • IN THIS EPISODE:
    The emotional world of children
    His Majesty the Baby
    The mother as first love object
    Is it sexual?
    Jealousy, rivalry, hatred and anxiety
    The role of the father
    Gender: Freud didn't think you were just 'born a boy' or 'born a girl'
    There is no perfect resolution of the Oedipus complex
    It marks us for life

    More info: www.freud.org.uk/education/

  • 'What is Psychoanalysis?' is a 4-part educational film series for students and teachers.

    Primarily aimed at A-Level Psychology students studying the 'psychodynamic approach', these films are intended to facilitate first encounters with Freud's thought.

    IN THIS EPISODE:
    A fractured self
    The ego, the id and the superego
    Why did Freud develop a new model?
    Devils and angels
    People fall ill of their moral ideals
    A horse and a rider
    The ego is like a politician
    The goal of analysis is to stop the ego being so silly

    More info: www.freud.org.uk/education/