New Year, New Outlook - Institute of Psychoanalysis 2011 Events Season Explores the Inner World

By Institute Of Psychoanalysis, PRNE
Tuesday, January 18, 2011

LONDON, January 19, 2011 - For those who have resolved to exercise their minds as well as their
bodies this new year, The Institute of Psychoanalysis is offering the chance
to gain a deeper understanding of the inner self with a range of
thought-provoking public events. The events programme, which can be found at, complements the Science Museum's
groundbreaking exhibition, Psychoanalysis: The Unconscious in Everyday Life
(admission free, ends 2 April 2011)

Events focusing on the life stages and on internal mental and emotional
development will provide people with an opportunity to invest in a greater
knowledge of their own psyche and of their relationships, whether learning
about psychoanalytic perspectives on parenting and child development (The
Child, the Family and the Outside World, 26 February), exploring issues
around ageing (Thinking About Time and Ageing, 4 February) or finding out
about the meaning of their dreams (The Horror in Dreams, 9 March).

A screening of the delightful comedy Inconscientes (Unconscious) on 13
February provides the perfect tonic to post-holiday winter blues. The film,
set in the supposedly austere psychiatric society of 1913 Barcelona, will be
followed by a discussion with its award-winning director Joaquin Oristrell
and psychoanalyst Andrea Sabbadini, who will talk about the film and the
wider concept of humour in psychoanalysis.

For those who want an intellectual challenge in 2011, or simply want to
take up a new interest, Psychoanalysis, Reading and Writing (from 18 January)
is a series of five seminars at which participants will explore the creative
intercourse between psychoanalysis and the arts, including film, poetry,
drama and the novel.

There is also an opportunity to consider the fundamentals of human nature
at Civilization and its Discontents (8 April). Dr David Bell, President of
The Institute of Psychoanalysis, discusses Freud's seminal work Civilizations
and its Discontents, a stocktaking of the human condition which asks whether
humanity can master its drive to aggression and self destruction. With fellow
discussant, the eminent literary academic and critic Dame Gillian Beer, Dr
Bell will show psychoanalysis's continuing contemporary relevance with
reference to the 'war on terror', attitudes to immigration and the effects of
the penetration of the market into modern life.

The darker side of human nature will be explored further at The Murder of
Sanity and the Sanity of Murder: The Art and Science of Psychoanalysis (19
March). The event looks at how we can understand incomprehensible events,
using clinical observation, literature and art to explore issues including
sexual addiction, revenge, psychopathy and murder.

For anyone considering a career change or development during 2011, the
Institute's Open Evening (5 April) is a chance to find out more about the
profession and talk to practising psychoanalysts and current students about
the training and application process.

Further events from the Institute during 2011 include a Can
Psychoanalysis be a Science? (23 February) and Big Wild Cats (15 March),
which asks how we relate to nature and the wild within.

Events take place at various London venues. Full details and online
booking at


CONTACT: For full details and media releases visit the
media room at: ; Event information telephone +44(0)020-7563-5016

For clinical enquiries contact the London Clinic of Psychoanalysis on

Media enquiries about the Science Museum and the exhibition
Psychoanalysis: The Unconscious in Everyday Life, contact Laura Singleton at
the Science Museum Press Office on +44(0)20-7942-4364 or email

THE INSTITUTE OF PSYCHOANALYSIS is the main UK professional organisation
for psychoanalysts in the UK and a global centre of excellence in the
provision of psychoanalytic training, education, publication and clinical
practice. Established in 1919, its membership has included Sigmund Freud,
Anna Freud, Melanie Klein, Wilfred Bion and Donald Winnicott. It is the home
of the London Clinic of Psychoanalysis, founded in 1926, one of a number of
clinics established by Freud in Europe still in operation today. It offers
consultations and help finding an analyst, in selected cases at a low fee.

It administers these activities on behalf of the British Psychoanalytical
Society and is a member institution of the British Psychoanalytic Council.
The Institute is also a member of the International Psychoanalytical
Association, which safeguards standards in psychoanalysis and ensures a
rigorous training process. For more information visit For clinical enquiries contact the London
Clinic of Psychoanalysis on +44(0)20-7563-5002,

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