Brothers and Sisters: Myth and Reality – Clinical Implications

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Date(s) - 23/10/2015
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

SAP London


Henry Abramovitch, IIJP

Brothers and Sisters- Myth and Reality – Clinical ImplicationsHow might depth psychology differ if instead of Greek mythology the founders had used the bible for inspiration?  The answer is that it would have placed relationships between sisters and brothers and their archetypal struggle at the centre of social and psychic life. Drawing on active imagination, mythology, behavioural genetics and especially the sibling stories of Genesis, the lecture will explore the myth and reality of being/having a brother and sister, both within the family and within the realm of the imagination. Paradoxically, brothers and sisters who share the most in terms of shared genes and environment, are typically very different and even develop ‘polarized identities’.  Clinical importance of sibling transferences and counter-transferences will be illustrated especially in terms of the ‘Cain complex’ and the ‘Abel Complex’, shadow siblings and stranger siblings. The ‘sibling challenge’ of clinical work is to understand sibling experience of people from birth orders dramatically different from our own.

Henry Abramovitch_2Henry Abramovitch, Founding President of the Israel Institute of Jungian Psychology, is a prominent Jungian analyst, internationally known. Currently professor at Tel Aviv University Medical School, he was former President of the Israel Anthropological Association. He is engaged in providing supervision in Warsaw and Moscow. His most recent book isBrothers and Sisters: Myth and Reality, ‘a seminal Jungian contribution to the half-born field of sibling studies.’ He is active in Interfaith Encounter Association and lives in Jerusalem.

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