The role of emotion in thinking, Neglect and deficit in the internal object: Anne Alvarez

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Date(s) - 21/10/2017
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Cambridge - Friends Meeting House


The role of emotion in thinking

Neglect and deficit in the internal object

Anne Alvarez 


The talk discusses the passionless empty states seen in certain passive patients who seem to be lost rather than hiding, undrawn, rather than withdrawn. Is there a difference between a defensive retreat and a despairing giving up? Are such patients  attacking links, or have links in some cases  hardly been made? The paper discusses the difference between trauma and neglect and considers what might be missing and how this may affect clinical technique.

Anne Alvarez, PhD, M.A.C.P, is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, Visiting Professor at the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Society in 2005 and former  Co-Convener of the Autism Service, Child and Family Department, Tavistock Clinic, London, where she still teaches. She edited with Susan Reid Autism and Personality: Findings from the Tavistock Autism Workshop. A book in her honour, entitled Being Alive: Building on the Work of Anne Alvarez, was edited by Judith Edwards.  Her book, The  Thinking Heart: Three Levels of Psychoanalytic Therapy with Disturbed Children, was published in April 2012 by Routledge.

Chair: Hilary Pounsett

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