Breakdown and the Collapse Response: Marcus West

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Date(s) - 03/06/2017
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ


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In this talk I will be exploring the experiences related to feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope, breakdown, regression, annihilation and the experience of dying, suicidal feelings, shame and dissociation. I will be linking these, at root, to the experience of extreme threat and the primitive mammalian collapse response. I will be looking in particular to the threat occurring in the first years of life, which becomes embedded and embodied in our personalities.

Marcus West is a Training Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology. He has taught widely in the UK and abroad and was joint winner of the Michael Fordham Prize in 2004. He is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Analytical Psychology and is currently Chair of Psychotherapy Sussex. The author of a number of papers, and three books, Feeling, Being and the Sense of Self, Understanding Dreams in Clinical Practice, and Into the Darkest Places – Early Relational Trauma and Borderline States of Mind, he works in private practice in Sussex.

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