Psychological Impact of Reporting Conflict

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Date(s) - 20/04/2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ


Psychological Impact of Reporting Conflict

Former BBC Foreign Correspondent, Elizabeth Blunt

in conversation with Marcus West

Bush House, the HQ of the BBC

What is the psychological impact of reporting conflict?

Former BBC Correspondent, Elizabeth Blunt, discusses with Jungian analyst, Marcus West, how she reported civil wars in West Africa, and the psychological impact it had on her.  She never set out to be a war correspondent, but found herself caught up in the early stages of Liberia’s brutal civil war.  The trauma seemed to leave few after-effects – she only had one bad dream obviously related to the conflict – but when she was back in London and war with Iraq was looming, she found herself ‘preparing’ by going and buying a big bag of rice and some candles.


Elizabeth Blunt MBE spent several years as the BBC’s West Africa Correspondent.  She studied  Amharic at SOAS before spending two years as the BBC’s Addis Ababa reporter. Retired, she is now an election observer and a keen painter and volunteer gardener at Kew Gardens.

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Marcus West is a training analyst of the SAP, UK Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Analytical Psychology and visiting lecturer at the University of Essex.  See Marcus’s website and a recent talk he gave on dreams.

Chair: Alessandra Cavalli

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