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Christopher Bollas - The Democratic Frame of Mind

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We are delighted to announce a rare visit to London by eminent psychoanalyst, Christopher Bollas, to deliver a lecture and seminar at the Freud Museum.

Following the lecture, those attending the meeting will be asked to express their own views, join the conversation and move it forward, after which Christopher will respond in his own way to the issues raised.

In his lecture (which follows from his Avenali Lecture at the University of California, Berkeley in 2016) Christopher Bollas will argue that democracy is both a political concept and a theory of mind. From the perspective of British object relations theory, which conceptualizes the mind as an assembly of different parts of the self, he will maintain that the dynamics of the internal world apply both to the individual and to the group. Linking the theories of group relations and psychoanalysis therefore allows us to make crucial connections between the functioning of the internal world and the politics of democracy. He will discuss how the US elections of 2016 objectified a breakdown in the democratic process, and he will advocate a “political psychology” that employs psychoanalytical models to help opposing parties negotiate differences by using the psychology of democracy. He will suggest that paranoid states pose the gravest threat to preserving an open mind, essential to the wellbeing of individuals, groups, nations, and the politics of globalization.


Christopher Bollas is a Member of the British Psychoanalytical Society and has been called the most influential psychoanalyst writing in English today. His first book, The Shadow of the Object: Psychoanalysis of the Unthought Known, is republished by Routledge in a 30th anniversary edition. His talk on the democratic process will be included in his forthcoming book Meaning and Melancholia: Life in the Age of Bewilderment.

All proceeds from this event will go to support the conservation, research and education work of Freud Museum London

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