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Contaversial Discussions a Series of 10 Lectures by JOHN McCLEAN & MAURICE WHELAN

Contaversial Discussions a Series of 10 Lectures by JOHN McCLEAN & MAURICE WHELAN PLDZ-18 Instant Download Price
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sydney Institute for psychoanalysis
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The Controversial Discussions” was a name given to a series of meetings held in the British Psychoanalytical Society in London in the 1940’s.  But discussions of a controversial nature have been a feature of psychoanalysis since it was founded, and our contention is that if psychoanalysis ever ceases to be controversial that it will have ceased to be a viable force in people’s lives.

 

Our starting point was the British Controversial Discussions.  We explore not just the scientific ideas that were put forward by the different parties but examine also the political, social, historical, administrative and personal aspects of the debate, on the premise that you can only understand something properly if you place it in its total context.

 

As we progress through the series we cover the history of psychoanalytic ideas presenting the part played by Sigmund Freud, Sandor Ferenczi, Otto Rank, Karl Abraham, Anna Freud, Melanie Klein, Ronald Fairbairn, Donald Winnicott, Michael Balint, John Bowlby, Wilfred Bion and others.  However, we remain primarily interested not just in the content of the various schools of thought, but in how the struggles over knowledge took place.  As well as asking questions like, what is psychoanalytic truth and knowledge, we look at how people lay claim to knowing truth, and how the battles can be as much for peoples’ hearts as for their minds.  So attention is given to the construction of theory and the inter-relatedness of ideas as much as to any individual set of ideas.  Another important strand that runs through the series is a critical appraisal of the various sets of ideas.  The very structure of the course and the juxtaposition of conflicting concepts and approaches provides an in built climate of critical examination.  The course is however, not just about ‘pure theory’.  As a lot of the debates have been about what goes on in the consulting room, our explorations encompass practice and technique.

 

The series of lectures can be used in different ways.  If you are a beginner it will provide you with a useful map to find your way through what can be a complex maze.  If you already have some familiarity with some of the people involved it will enable you to historically locate and examine them. 

“The Controversial Discussions” was a name given to a series of meetings held in the British Psychoanalytical Society in London in the 1940’s. But discussions of a controversial nature have been a feature of psychoanalysis since it was founded,
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