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11 December Being driven back upon oneself: The origins and maintenance of self-respect
Christine English


15 January Bravery Analysed
Dr Coline Covington
12 February Your Brilliant Brain: what you need to know about it to be a better therapist
Annie Pesskin
Workshop Saturday
9 March
Roles we play within a family: an experiential exploration using a scene from Sophocles Antigone
Jeanette Glasser
12 March Vicarious Traumatisation
Lisa Nel
23 April AGM, 7.30-9.30pm
(All members welcome)
11 May
Jane Knowles Memorial Event
Free to Members
From the Instinctual to the Cosmic: Jung's use of Colour in the Red Book
Diane Finiallo Zervas
14 May Parent-infant psychotherapy against the odds:How a negelcted and abused dad's motivation to be with his baby and his partner was the catalyst for change
Joanna Tucker
11 June Destructive Processes in Groups
Val Parker
8 October There is no such thing as an individual: Exploring the client in the round
Joan Bristow
12 November Treating OCD and Phobias using TA
Niki Costas Tanto
10 December TBC

Past Presentations

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Being driven back upon oneself: The origins and maintenance of self-respect

Presented by Christine English
Tuesday, 11 December 2018 8.00-9.30pm

Synopsis:This paper is inspired by Joan Didion's short essay 'Self Respect: Its source, its power', published in American Vogue in 1961. In this essay Didion wrote, ‘to be driven back upon oneself is an uneasy affair at best, [but] it seems to me now the one condition necessary to the beginnings of real self-respect’. What did she mean? What does it mean to be driven back upon oneself, and what cost, to achieve genuine self-respect? Though almost certainly she did not intend it, Didion might have been speaking of the sort of psychic work that is part of psychoanalysis, where one may also be helped to learn from (often bitter) experience, and to really find one’s mettle
Drawing on the experience of analytic work with patients who variously possess and fight to hold on to self-respect, or who at times painfully flout any claim to it, I hope to throw light on a concept that isn’t really part of the psychoanalytic vernacular at all, but which nonetheless seems central to a discipline concerned with facing people with themselves, and with helping them take genuine responsibility for their lives.

Biography: Christine is a Psychoanalyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society, and works in private practice. She is Programme Tutor for the MSc in Theoretical Psychoanalytic Studies, Psychoanalysis Unit, UCL, where she teaches many aspects of psychoanalytic theory. Formerly she was clinical lead at South Bucks Counselling, and was for number of years involved in counselling training at Reading University. She worked for a decade with addicted patients in an NHS service, and her PhD, entitled 'Intrapsychic Dimensions of Addiction: The wearing down of help-seeking capacities by cruel and tyrannical objects', drew on this formative clinical experience.

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