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Event Highlights: Psychoanalysis and Religion. Seminar in Valencia

Lecturer: David Henderson, PhD. resume curriculo

Duration of the seminar: 4 hours distributed in 2 partsFuego

Price: 65 € (Coffee in the middle of the morning and lunch included)

Date: 06/25/2016    On Saturday, the 25th of June    Sábado 25 junio 2016  10 a 14h

Hotel MEDIUM de VALENCIA (General Urrutia nº 48).  VER Mapa en EVENTO

  It will be taught in English    Limited places

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Part 1: Psychoanalysis of religion   10-12

This seminar will consider Freud’s and Jung’s views on religion. In which features of religion were they particularly interested? How do their theories about religion reflect larger tendencies in their work? How do their approaches to religion help us to understand their collaboration and their conflict? We will also think about religion in light of the theories of Winnicott, Klein, Fordham and Stein.

Part 2: Psychoanalysis as religion 12-14

In this part of the day we will ask whether or not psychoanalysis is itself a kind of religion. Did psychoanalysis fulfil a religious function in the lives of Freud and Jung? We will reflect on ways in which psychoanalysis may be considered a form of apophatic discourse or contemplative practice. This will open questions about psychoanalytic training and the future of psychoanalysis.

A list of pre-course readings will be supplied.


“Sacred psychoanalysis”: an interpretation of the emergence and engagement of religion and spirituality in contemporary psychoanalysis

By James Alistair Ross


From the 1970s the emergence of religion and spirituality in psychoanalysis is a unique development, given its traditional pathologizing stance. This research examines how and why ‘sacred psychoanalysis’ came about and whether this represents a new analytic movement with definable features or a diffuse phenomena within psychoanalysis that parallels developments elsewhere. After identifying the research context, a discussion of definitions and qualitative reflexive methodology follows. An account of religious and spiritual engagement in psychoanalysis in the UK and the USA provides a narrative of key people and texts, with a focus on the theoretical foundations established by Winnicott and Bion. This leads to a detailed examination of the literary narratives of religious and spiritual engagement understood from: Christian; Natural; Maternal; Jewish; Buddhist; Hindu; Muslim; Mystical; and Intersubjective perspectives, synthesized into an interpretative framework of sacred psychoanalysis. Qualitative interviews were then undertaken with leading experts focusing on the lived experience of contemporary psychoanalysts. From a larger sample, eleven interviews were selected for a thematic narrative analysis and from within this sample, six interviews were then the focus of a reflexive intersubjective analysis, utilizing psychoanalytic techniques. This research concludes that three forms of sacred psychoanalysis can be identified embracing a generic framework for theoretical and clinical understanding; a framework for intersubjective presence; and a framework for spiritual/sacred encounter

Topics: BF Psychology, BL Religion   Year: 2010
OAI identifier: oai:etheses.bham.ac.uk:1372

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