Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego

A marathon reading of Freud’s landmark text.

First published in 1921, the text raises questions about the role of the leader today, tribalism, the triumph of modern masses, and what separates the individual from his or her subjectivity and lived history.

This event will breathe fresh life into this classic text and help both readers and listeners to think about our own era in the beautiful context of Freud’s final home on the 80th anniversary of his arrival in London.

The event is part of the ‘Weekend of Discontent’ at the Freud Museum. It is free with admission on a first come, first served basis. If you prefer, please buy a ticket for the whole weekend here. There are no specific tickets and audience members can come and go as they please. This is a staged reading and interactive performance.

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Le Bon’s Description of the Group Mind

Chapter 3: Other Accounts of Collective Mental Life

Chapter 4: Suggestion and Libido

Chapter 5: Two Artificial Groups: The Church and the Army

Chapter 6: Further Problems and Lines of Work

Chapter 7: Identification

Chapter 8: Being In Love and Hypnosis

Chapter 9: The Herd Instinct

Chapter 10: The Group and the Primal Horde

Chapter 11: A Differentiating Grade in the Libido

Chapter 12: Postscript

Readers include:

Janet Haney, event coordinator, Laboratory for Lacanian Politics UK

Sophia Berouka, Laboratory for Lacanian Politics UK

Sue Blundell, playwright

Faisal Bokhammas, Birkbeck, University of London

Howard Britton, economist

Marie-Hélène Brousse, psychoanalyst, editor of The Lacanian Review

Bernard Burgoyne, psychoanalyst, mathematician

Vincent Dachy, psychoanalyst, scribbler and resolute amateur

Francine Danniau, psychoanalyst, writer, Belgium

Paul Dineen, actor

Philip Dravers, Chair, London Society NLS

Alasdair Duncan, autism support worker

Jeff Evans, statistician

Stephen Frosh, Birkbeck, University of London

Nancy Gillespie, Lacanian Compass, NYC

John Haney, writer, co-curator, PoetrySlabs

Earl Hopper, group analyst

Ven. Julian Hubbard, Director of Ministry for the Church of England

Michele Julien, Laboratory for Lacanian Politics UK

Joan Raphael-Leff, psychoanalyst, Anna Freud Centre

Roger Litten, Director, Laboratory for Lacanian Politics UK

Henrik Lynggaard, clinical psychologist, systemic psychotherapist

Max Maher, Essex University

Aino-Marjatta Mäki, Kingston University

Peggy Papada, clinical psychologist, practicing analyst, former dancer

Ivan Ward, Freud Museum

Scott Wilson, Kingston University

Bogdan Wolf, Laboratory for Lacanian Politics UK

Colin Wright, Nottingham University

Alejandro Sessa, accueillant, Le Courtil, Belgium

Anthony Stadlen, psychoanalyst, daseinsanalyst

Laura Tarsia, psychoanalyst

Patricia Tassara, psychoanalyst, Spain

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