The Freud Museum

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1 October 2014
FULLY BOOKED - 7pm - doors open at 6.30pm

What about Me? The struggle for identity in a market-based society

Paul Verhaeghe in conversation with Lisa Appignanesi

In' What about Me?' Paul Verhaeghe’s main concern is how social change has led to a psychic crisis and altered the way we think about ourselves. He investigates the effects of 30 years of neoliberalism, free-market forces, privatisation, and the relationship between our engineered society and individual identity. It turns out that who we are is, as always, determined by the context in which we live. Tonight he discusses these concerns with Lisa Appignanesi, former Chair of the Freud Museum and author most recently of ’Trials of Passion: Crimes in the Name of Love and Madness’.

‘Paul Verhaeghe brilliantly captures the long-term impact that living in a profit-obsessed society has had on our psychology. An excellent book.'
– Hanif Kureishi

Paul Verhaeghe PHD, is senior professor at Ghent University and holds the chair of the department for psychoanalysis and counselling psychology. He has published eight books, with five translated into English.' Love in a Time of Loneliness' became an international bestseller and 'What about Me?' has been reprinted ten times within its first year of publication.

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