First CFAR & Bristol University Public Lectures of 2016: Transference


CFAR In Association With Bristol University 2016/17

Lacan’s Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis.

Public lecture 1: TRANSFERENCE
with Dr Anne Worthington,
Psychoanalyst and Senior Lecturer,
Centre for Psychoanalysis, Middlesex University

Four public seminars on the topics of transference, the unconscious, repetition and the drive will take place throughout the year. No prior knowledge of Lacan is assumed and the seminars will all include clinical examples involving the kind of problems and questions common to diverse currents in contemporary psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.

Date: October 29, 2016
Attendance Fee: £20 students £15
Venue: Merchant Venturers Building
Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 1UB
Time: 11am – 12.30pm
Registration: 10.00am on the day

Please address enquiries to
Lesel Dawson at
Jill Brown at
or Elizabeth O’Loughlin at

Almost everyone in Buenos Aires is in Therapy – Olivia Goldhill – Quartz


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Therapy is a big part of life in Argentina. The country has the highest number of psychologists per capita in the world, with around 198 psychologists per 100,000 inhabitants, an estimated 46% of whom are in Buenos Aires. Since Argentinian culture sees therapy as important to self-development and positive health, there’s plenty of demand to meet that supply. But rather than attending cognitive or behavioral treatment, most people are seeking a very specific form of therapy: Psychoanalysis.

Psychoanalysis, founded by Sigmund Freud in the 19th century, makes use of fantasies, dreams, and free association speech to uncover repressed ideas in the unconscious and help the patient gain new insights into their emotions and experiences.

Mariano Plotkin, history professor at Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero and the leading authority on the history of psychoanalysis in Argentina, explains that although psychoanalysis was known in Buenos Aires since the 1910s, it experienced a cultural boom after dictatorial President Juan Perón was overthrown in 1955.

“That opened a moment of fast cultural modernization in Argentina,” says Plotkin. “There was a big reception of anything coming from Europe. Psychoanalysis was seen by many as a emancipatory doctrine.”

Certain well-known psychologists such as Enrique Pichon-Rivière had immigrated to Argentina, so the country had a strong foundation of psychoanalytic knowledge, adds Andrew Lakoff, a sociology professor at the University of Southern California who has conducted research on psychoanalysis in Argentina. Among Buenos Aires’ educated middle-class, there was a lot of prestige associated with self-improvement.

During the 1960s and 1970s, Lakoff says, psychoanalysis became not just a “prestigious way of understanding and forming oneself,” but also linked to a leftist political ideology.

During the cultural suppression of dictatorships during the 1970s, psychoanalysis was seen as subversive. A group called Federación Argentina de Psiquiatras linked psychoanalysis with Marxist theory; this group was targeted by the military and, Lakoff says, psychoanalysts struggled to find jobs or publish their work. “With the return to democracy in 1983, it was again prestigious because it was associated with resistance to totalitarianism,” he adds.

Another key moment for psychoanalysis in Argentina, says Plotkin, was when the intellectual Oscar Masotta introduced the ideas of French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan to Argentina with a series of lectures and books in the 1970s.

“If you talk about psychoanalysis in Buenos Aires today, you’re really talking about Lacan French psychoanalysis. Argentine intellectual elites were always very receptive to everything coming from France,” he explains. “The infatuation with French culture is a broad phenomenon along Latin America, except that here [in Buenos Aires] there’s a larger population of middle-class who had access to these cultural artifacts.”

Indeed, many Argentina universities today have huge psychology departments, nearly exclusively devoted to the study of various aspects of Lacanian psychoanalysis.

The academic focus on this field of psychology has helped maintain a steady supply of professional psychoanalysts. Lakoff explains that psychoanalysts don’t need a medical degree and, after getting an undergraduate degree of psychology, can begin training to be a psychoanalyst.

Though some psychoanalysts are pricey, there are plenty of inexpensive options available, with the cheapest therapy sessions costing around 150 Argentinean pesos ($10.)

Psychoanalyst & Author Anouchka Grose on life, training and practice as a psychoanalyst.

Recorded at the launch event of Lambeth and Southwark MIND psychotherapy clinic, psychoanalyst and author Anouchka Grose talks with Ajay Khandelwal about her life, the difficulties that took her into analysis as well as her subsequent training and practice as a psychoanalyst.

Therapy Wars: The Revenge of Freud – Guardian Article by Oliver Burkeman

therapy wars

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Cheap and effective, CBT became the dominant form of therapy, consigning Freud to psychology’s dingy basement. But new studies have cast doubt on its supremacy – and shown dramatic results for psychoanalysis. Is it time to get back on the couch?

“…researchers at London’s Tavistock clinic published results in October from the first rigorous NHS study of long-term psychoanalysis as a treatment for chronic depression. For the most severely depressed, it concluded, 18 months of analysis worked far better – and with much longer-lasting effects – than “treatment as usual” on the NHS, which included some CBT. Two years after the various treatments ended, 44% of analysis patients no longer met the criteria for major depression, compared to one-tenth of the others.”

What is Psychoanalysis? Part 4: The Ego, the Id and the Superego – Freud Museum

Ego Id Superego

A fractured self
The ego, the id and the superego
Why did Freud develop a new model?
Devils and angels
People fall ill of their moral ideals
A horse and a rider
The ego is like a politician
The goal of analysis is to stop the ego being so silly

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What is Psychoanalysis? Part 3: Oedipus Complex – Freud Museum London

psychoanalysis - oedipus

Click here to see the third part of the Freud Museum introductory video series on psychoanalysis.

The emotional world of children
His Majesty the Baby
The mother as first love object
Is it sexual?
Jealousy, rivalry, hatred and anxiety
The role of the father
Gender: Freud didn’t think you were just ‘born a boy’ or ‘born a girl’
There is no perfect resolution of the Oedipus complex
It marks us for life

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What is Psychoanalysis? Part 2: Sexuality – Freud Museum London

psychoanalysis - sexuality

Click here to see the second part of the Freud Museum introductory video series on psychoanalysis. 

An enlarged concept of sexuality
Infantile sexuality
Perversion is something we’re born with
Normal and abnormal
Psychosexual stages of development: oral, anal, phallic
Sexuality and symptoms

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Oliver Sacks on his analysis: ‘The longest running psychoanalysis on record’

Oliver Sacks

Please click here to visit ‘Web of Stories’ site and listen to Oliver Sacks the neurologist and author of Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat talking about his 46-year-long analysis. “I think that we are beginning to get somewhere now…”

What is Psychoanalysis? Part 1: Is it Weird? Freud Museum London

What is psychoanalysis

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Series trailer for Freud Museum introductory videos on psychoanalysis featuring interviews with analysts including  John Forrester, Anne Worthington, Dany Nobus, Darian Leader, Astrid Gessert, Daniel Pick and Anouchka Grose.