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7 July, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
£45 - £65
The issue of psychic splitting is at the heart of contemporary psychoanalytic debates.
Sándor Ferenczi makes a unique contribution to imagining psychic fragments and working with them clinically. We ask, with Ferenczi: what are the “lives” of the fragments that result from processes of psychic splitting? And how do these “lives of fragments” manifest themselves in the consulting room?
We explore the Orpha-fragment of the psyche and its relationship to the superego. We discuss Ferenczi’s main contributions to psychoanalytic technique, including his formulation on active technique, the elasticity of technique, the principle of relaxation, and neo-catharsis.
We conclude with some reflections on the contemporary clinic, focusing on the relevance of Ferenczian theory for the discussions on narcissistic pathologies and psychosomatics.
10:00-11:20:  Identification with the Aggressor. A Phenomenology of Psychic Splitting
11:40-13:00:  The Psychic Life of Fragments. Orpha, Teratoma and Other Monsters
14:00-15:20:  Neo-Catharsis. Innovations on Psychoanalytic Technique
15:40-17:00:  A Narcissism of Fragments. Implications for the Contemporary Clinic
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Dr Raluca Soreanu is a psychoanalyst, effective member of Círculo Psicanalítico do Rio de Janeiro, and Wellcome Trust Fellow in Medical Humanities, Department of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck, London.
Tea and coffee will be provided during breaks. Please note: there is no cafe on site, however, you are welcome to bring your own lunch, which can be consumed in the classroom, or the Museum garden if the weather is fine.