A Century of Insight

April 4, 2016

This blog is by Archie, a 21-year-old psychology undergraduate at Bournemouth University currently on his placement year.  Archie is volunteering with us, as well as with Portugal Prints – an art therapy/recovery project run by Mind. Over the coming year he will be posting a series of blogs which express his take on a variety of subjects.  The SAP is keen to give someone who is starting out as a psychologist an opportunity to share his insights and reflections. I became inspired to study ps ...

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Re-reading Midnight's Children

April 4, 2016

Toby Brothers is director of the London Literary Salon. As I re-read Midnight’s Children in preparation for our work together, I am thinking anew about how literature approaches the contradictions of contemporary formations of identity. What do I mean by that? Significant literature (by which I mean literature that requires time patience and contemplation to move through the layers of meaning contained) from Homer forward has always in some way queried how we come to know who we are and what ...

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Publication of "Act and Image"

April 4, 2016

Warren Colman, a supervising analyst in the SAP, has just published "Act and Image: The Emergence of Symbolic Imagination" In this groundbreaking book, Warren provides a reformulation of archetypal symbols as emergent from humans’ engagement with their social and material environment. Beginning with the oldest known figurative image in the world, the 40,000 year old Lion Man of Hohlenstein-Stadel in Germany, he traces the emergence of symbolic imagination through the origins of language, ...

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Into the Darkest Places

April 4, 2016

Into the Darkest Places - Early Relational Trauma and Borderline States of Mind Marcus West We live in fascinating times where recent advances in trauma theory, attachment theory, relational psychoanalysis, and infant research not only allow us, but require us, to revisit and reconsider the fundamental tenets of our theory and practice. In the series of three talks I am giving at the SAP (see below), and in the book from which they are drawn, I look at the way that the clinical phenomena with w ...

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New to the Library

April 4, 2016

Tea With Winnicott [caption id="attachment_2671" align="alignright" width="268"] Book cover of "Tea with Winnicott"[/caption] Professor Brett Kahr,, an award-winning biographer, has resurrected Donald Woods Winnicott from the dead and has invited him for several memorable cups of tea at 87 Chester Square – Winnicott’s London residence – in which the two men discuss Winnicott’s life and work. Kahr’s offers a conversational question and answer session with Winnicott which gives readers ...

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The Quotable Jung - a new book in the SAP library

April 4, 2016

This book, collected and edited by Judith Harris, is an essential introduction for those studying Jung and the Jungian tradition. It presents hundreds of the most representative selections from the vast array of Jung's books, essays, correspondence, lectures, seminars and interviews and quotes also from the celebrated Red Book. Organised thematically it is easy to access and use. Pick the subject you are exploring such as dreams, the unconscious etc. and the readings are arranged so that the re ...

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Author Schaverien discusses Boarding School Syndrome

April 4, 2016

Author Joy Schaverien discusses her new book, Boarding School Syndrome: The Psychological Trauma of the ‘Privileged’ Child.  Published in June 2015 it is already a Routledge best seller and was number one bestseller on Amazon in psychoanalytic theory in July. Boarding School Syndrome is a detailed analysis of the enduring psychological impact of boarding schools on adults who, as children who grew up in them.  It is an attempt to begin to develop a theory for this particular trauma and an ...

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The excellent press reviews for the “Boarding School Syndrome” by Joy Schaverien

April 4, 2016

Boarding School Syndrome: The Psychological Trauma of the ‘Privileged’ Child The new book, by SAP member Prof Joy Schaverien, has been given an excellent press reviews. It will be followed with the Conference: Boarding School Syndrome: Post-Jungian and Psychoanalytic Perspectives. The main presenter will be Joy Schavieren with the response by Francis Grier. The Conference will be chaired by Catherine Crowther. See below for more information about the book and the conference. See the conferen ...

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