Chair: Jane Johnson
One of the main benefits of analytic work is to reveal the ways in which we have been socialised into certain ways of being, thus making them accessible to change. These historical assumptions are as pervasive and imperceptible as the air we breathe. Thus, as well as the more obvious aspects of cultural difference, every human group has its own implicit assumptions, expressed in the subtle ways that people do things with each other. Psychotherapists, too, have their own assumptive cultures, refracted through the socialisation process of analytic training. The meeting between the different cultures of therapist and patient can foster a greater awareness of implicit culture only if the therapist maintains a self-reflexive awareness of the cultural relativity of their own ways of doing things.
Warren Colman is a leading post-Jungian thinker and clinician whose work bridges Jungian, psychoanalytic and relational approaches. He is a training and supervising analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology and Consultant Editor of the Journal of Analytical Psychology. He teaches and lectures internationally and was a supervisor for the training of Jungian analysts in Russia. In the 1990s, he worked at the Tavistock Marital Studies Institute and published several papers on couple interaction, gender and sexuality. Since 1997 he has been in full time private practice in St. Albans and has published many papers on the self, the therapeutic process, imagination and various aspects of the symbolic process. His recently published book, Act and Image: The Emergence of Symbolic Imagination (Spring Journal Books, 2016), draws on cognitive philosophy, archaeology and anthropology to trace the evolution of the human psyche via the use of symbolic communication.
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