Stress: External Threat or Internal Conflict?

An Interactive Workshop with Psychotherapist Laura Smith

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30 May, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Free - £12

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This short introductory workshop will briefly look at some of the causes of stress, examine how Freudian defence mechanisms protect the ego from experiencing anxiety, and suggest some practical ways of reducing stress.

Stress is usually defined as the inability to cope with a perceived threat (real or imagined) to one’s mental, physical and emotional well-being, which results in a series of physiological responses. Approximately 85% of adults in the UK report regularly feeling stressed, with over half stating that they are worried about the effect stress is having on their health.

In this workshop, we will consider both external and internal causes of stress and anxiety. Sigmund Freud believed that when conflict between the id, ego and superego leads to anxiety, a range of unconscious defence mechanisms may be employed by the ego to help to deal with this conflict. However, it was actually Anna Freud, in her 1936 book “The Ego and the Mechanisms of Defence”, who described in detail the ego defences which had been previously outlined by her father.

We will conclude by looking at recent evidence and sharing ideas about the best ways of reducing stress. If you have any queries before joining the workshop, you can contact Laura >>

Tickets include entry to the Museum.


30 May
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Free - £12
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Freud Museum London
20 Maresfield Gardens
London, NW3 5SX United Kingdom
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