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SIP Annual Lecture 2019 - “I hope you die and I hope it's soon”

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Radisson Blu Hotel, Bristol

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“I hope you die and I hope it's soon”: Parental Death wishes and the Infanticidal Attachment presented by Professor Brett Kahr

When: Saturday 12th October 2019

  • Registration from: 10.00am - 10.45am
  • Talk from: 11.00am - 12.00pm
  • Discussion from: 12.00pm - 1.00pm (with break)
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Where: Radisson Blu Hotel Bristol, Broad Quay, Bristol BS1 4BY

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Do parental death wishes actually exist? And if so, what impact might such unconscious hatred have upon the long-term development of the child? In this presentation, Professor Brett Kahr will examine the toxic, even nuclear, impact of infanticidal wishes across the life cycle.

Although Sigmund Freud wrote extensively about death wishes in the family, he devoted far more attention to the child’s desire to kill the parent of the same sex, rather than upon the parent’s desire to murder the child. Donald Winnicott elaborated upon parental death wishes, especially in his classic essay “Hate in the Counter-Transference”, albeit rather briskly. Building upon these foundational contributions, Brett Kahr will draw upon his work with psychotic and forensic patients and, also, with normal-neurotic individuals, to explore the many ways in which maternal and paternal death wishes and death threats towards babies and children become internalised over time and, ultimately, contribute to the development of severe psychopathology. Kahr will explore the concept of the “infanticidal attachment”, examining how early death threats can damage the very foundations of the ego structure, resulting in psychosis, suicidality, criminality, severe eating problems, life-threatening addictions, and a host of other extreme psychological states. Drawing upon extensive case material, he will consider how intensive, long-term psychoanalytically orientated treatment can contribute to the neutralisation of such toxic “infanticidal introjects”.




Professor Brett Kahr has worked in the mental health profession for over forty years. He is Senior Fellow at the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology in London, as well as Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Psychotherapy and Mental Health at the Centre for Child Mental Health and, additionally, a Trustee of the Freud Museum London and of Freud Museum Publications. A Consultant in Psychology to The Bowlby Centre and a Consultant Psychotherapist at The Balint Consultancy, he works in full-time independent practice in London.

Author or editor of twelve books, including the best-selling Sex and the Psyche, as well as the popular books Tea with Winnicott and Coffee with Freud, he has also served as series editor for sixty further titles which have appeared in the “Forensic Psychotherapy Monograph Series”, the “History of Psychoanalysis Series”, and the “Library of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis”, initiated at Karnac Books and now part of Routledge.

Most recently, he has published How to Flourish as a Psychotherapist (Phoenix Publishing Company, 2019). His forthcoming books include: Bombs in the Consulting Room: Surviving Psychological Shrapnel (Routledge, 2019); Celebrity Mad: Why Otherwise Intelligent People Worship Fame (Routledge, 2019); and On Practising Therapy at 1.45 A.M.: Adventures of a Clinician (Routledge, 2020).

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