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On Not Being Terrified of What you Hear

Hearing voices has been described as everything from schizophrenic to godlike. Radical psychiatry in the 1960s contested what today are termed 'auditory hallucinations' seeing them as containing what couldn't be said

Conference- The Effectiveness of Symbols

This conference brings together eminent speakers from the fields of psychoanalysis and anthropology to reflect on Lévi-Strauss’ paper and its influence, and to discuss symbolic effectiveness in their own research and practice.

Conference: Sincerity and Freedom in Psychoanalysis

A major international conference on the Clinical Diary and other work of Sándor Ferenczi, addressing themes of ‘freedom’ and ‘sincerity’, ‘trauma’, ‘borderline states’, ‘mutuality’, ‘self-analysis’ and the ethics of psychoanalysis.

Conference: The Unconscious Today

Freud’s insistence that ‘the mind’ is not synonymous with ‘consciousness’ was still considered radical in his day. However, decades of research conducted beyond the couch have lent overwhelming support to the notion that most of our mental activity is of a non-conscious type, making it one of the most fundamental assumptions in contemporary psychology and neuroscience.

This conference brings together various ways of thinking about the unconscious, to revisit some of Freud’s original proposals and examine their current status.

Closing the Circle from Theory to Therapy

The underlying theme of the talk will be about John Bowlby’s initial dream of putting his therapist-role on hold, developing a usable theory, and then returning to doing therapy with that theory. His dream was not realized during his lifetime, but that has changed in the past 25 years. The Circle of Security Intervention is part of that change.

Conjuring and our Conscious Experience: Why Magic Works

Magic is one of the oldest art forms, and for centuries conjurers have created illusions of the impossible by distorting your perception and thoughts. Advances in Psychology and Neuroscience offer new insights into why our minds are so easily deceived and I will explore some to the mechanisms that are involved in magic

The Man Who Closed the Asylums: Franco Basaglia & the Revolution in Mental Health Care

Writer and Professor of Modern Italian History, John Foot discusses his latest publication, The Man Who Closed the Asylums (Verso August 2015) - The fascinating story of Franco Basaglia, one of the key intellectual and cultural figures of 1960s counterculture—a contemporary of R.D. Laing who worked to overturn institutions from within and ended up transforming mental health care in Italy.

Rorschach Audio

The book Rorschach Audio: Art & Illusion for Sound, by author and installation artist Joe Banks, takes as its central metaphor the comparison between the perception of ambiguous speech-sounds, and the “projective” interpretation of the famous ink-blot tests devised by the Freudian psychoanalyst Hermann Rorschach in 1921.