Reading Group – Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego

12-week reading group, taking place online.

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7 September, 5:30 pm - 30 November, 7:00 pm

£120 – £160

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The weekly meetings will take place online on Tuesdays, 17.30 – 19.00 BST/GMT. All attendees will be automatically emailed the recording of each session. The group’s capacity is limited to 10 people only.

Please note: there will be a recess w/c 10th October 2021

Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego by Sigmund Freud, in Standard Edition vol. 18

Sigmund Freud’s texts are endlessly fascinating and provocative, and are ideal for reading and discussing in a group environment.

We will read through a specific text line by line and then discuss sections together, following the flow of Freud’s arguments and exploring his ideas as we go along. No prior knowledge of psychoanalysis is required, and the aim of the group will be to develop a shared understanding of some of Freud’s most influential texts. Discussions will be recorded and shared with participants after each session.

Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego (1921) was published 100 years ago, and it represents Freud’s first attempt to analyse the formation of the Ego in the light of his newly developed dual instinct theory. Containing a detailed analysis of group structures and a sustained discussion on the theme of identification, Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego is particularly relevant to our current times as we attempt to renegotiate the relationship between the needs and desires of the individual and the demands of the group.

Tom DeRose – Group Facilitator

Tom DeRose founded the Freud Museum staff and volunteer reading group in 2015, which has been meeting weekly ever since. He has a long-standing interest in the philosophical aspects and cultural implications of Freud’s theories, and has published articles exploring these areas, most recently on the affinities between the thought of Freud, Wagner and Nietzsche for the Wagner Journal (July 2017). He is currently writing chapters on psychoanalysis and music for The Bloomsbury Handbook of Literature and Psychoanalysis (forthcoming).


7 September, 5:30 pm
30 November, 7:00 pm
£120 – £160
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