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Summer Conference 2021 with Donald Kalsched

Notice: This event is not booking at the moment (see below).

Date: Friday 27th August 2021 - Saturday 28th August 2021 Location:
Start time: 5:00pm End time: 6:30pm Type: Webinar

Friday 27th August, 17:00 BST, (16:00 UTC, 12:00 EST)

Democracy and Autocracy in the Individual and the Collective:
Reflections on Psychological Factors at Play in our Polarized World

In this lecture, Dr. Kalsched describes a totalitarian or fascistic inner ‘system’ of archetypal defensive powers (‘angels’) typical of the dissociative psychology found in survivors of early trauma, and contrasts this with the more democratic conflict psychology found in more integrated individuals.

While both these psychologies exist side by side in everyone, the more primitive totalitarian system, with its binary extremes of good and evil, tends to take over in times of individual or collective stress, emotional overload, and irrational fear, such as we are living through collectively in today’s modern world, where much of outer reality is simply more than we can bear. The result is a system full of violence and illusion – a radical and polarized psychology which, by violently ejecting the ‘painful’ or ‘bad’ aspects of experience from the boundaries of the self or nation, destroys the inner democracy required for wholeness and health.

Saturday 28th August, 17:00 BST, (16:00 UTC, 12:00 EST)

Transformations of Imagination in the Healing of our Personal and Collective Trauma

The world is suffering, at this time in history, from various forms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. In this workshop, Dr. Kalsched will explore how the human imagination is employed to make meaning out of traumatic experience and how the imagination can be either hijacked by fear—leading to primitive dissociative defenses and psychopathology—or employed in more creative and integrative ways—leading through conscious suffering to healing and wholeness.

Please watch this page for further details!  The timings still need to be confirmed.  We are also hoping to include online discussion groups before the talk on Saturday 28th August. Once these details are confirmed we will open booking. Look out for a new image when this happens!

Photo by Ava Sombrero on Unsplash