SAP Annual Lecture

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 21/05/2016
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Location
The Wellcome Collection

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  Archetypes: Hit or myth?
The Notion of Archetypal Transference in Clinical Practice Today

Martin Schmidt
Central to Jung’s thinking is the concept of archetypes, universal patterns which influence how we position ourselves in the world and in relation to each other. Myths, literature and film all follow and revise archetypal templates for human psychology. Freudian psychoanalysis was built upon the Greek myths of Oedipus and Narcissus. Jungian analysis added the myth of Chiron, the wounded healer, to this archetypal base. This lecture explores, through the use of clinical examples, how archetypal patterns still inform much of human behavior, psychopathology and our clinical experience. It illustrates ways in which archetypal transference is manifested in the consulting room and its relevance to clinical practice.

Speaker: Martin Schmidt is a Training Analyst at the Society of Analytical Psychology in private practice in London. He teaches and supervises widely both in the UK and abroad including Belgrade, Kiev, Moscow and St Petersburg, Rome, Berlin and Istanbul. Recent publications include ‘Freud’s cancer’ in The Topic of Cancer (Ed. Jonathan Burke, Karnac 2013) and ‘States of Grace: Eureka moments and the recognition of the unthought known’ (with Catherine Crowther in JAP, 2015 and in Cahiers Jungiens de Psychanalyse 2015). His paper ‘Psychic Skin: psychotic defences, borderline process and delusions’ (Journal of Analytical, Psychology 2012) won the Fordham prize for best clinical paper and was nominated by the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis in America for the Gradiva award in New York in 2013. 

Respondent: Mark Saban is a senior analyst with the Independent Group of Analytical Psychologists in practice in Oxford and London. His recent publications include ‘Another serious misunderstanding: Jung, Giegerich and a premature requiem’, Journal of Analytical Psychology, 2015, 60, 1, 94–113, ‘The Dis/Enchantment of C G Jung’, International Journal of Jungian Studies, 2012, 4, 1, 21-33, and the following book chapters: ‘Ambiguating Jung’ in How and Why We Still Read Jung (ed. Jean Kirsch, Routledge, 2013) and ‘Science Friction: Jung, Goethe and Scientific Objectivity’ in Jung and Science (ed. Raya Jones Routledge, 2014). He is a PhD candidate at Essex University where he also regularly lectures.

Chair: Jay Barlow

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