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Psychotherapists often find that they don’t know what is happening in a session. Are there resources in ancient and medieval philosophy and theology that can help the therapist to be aware of the many ways of unknowing? This talk will also look at some contemporary philosophical and theological ideas.Psychoanalysis can be characterised as a contemplative practice and in the work of C.G. Jung many images, concepts and rhetorical manoeuvres can be found that aim to help the practitioner keep their balance in the midst of unknowing.
Speaker: David Henderson
David Henderson, PhD, is a psychotherapist and supervisor, a member of the Association of Independent Psychotherapists. He is a senior lecturer in psychoanalysis at the Centre for Psychoanalysis, Middlesex University and is the author of Apophatic Elements in the Theory and Practice of Psychoanalysis: Pseudo-Dionysius and C.G. Jung (Routledge)Journal articles include, 'The Coincidence of Opposites: C.G. Jung's Reception of Nicholas of Cusa,' and 'A life free from care: The hermit and the analyst.' He is co-investigator on an AHRC-funded research project entitled: 'One World': Logical and ethical implications of holism.