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The Unconscious from Freud to Lacan with Conor McCormack

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This lecture will be delivered via Zoom. This lecture will not be recorded due to the confidentiality of the clinical material.

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This workshop is part of WPF Therapy’s 2020-2021 CPD Programme themed around ‘The World We Live In.’

The Unconscious is the fundamental and foundational concept of psychoanalysis - but how are we to listen out for it today? Does it have meaning or utility for talking therapists beyond the imprecise metaphors often employed to describe it? This talk charts the genesis of the concept of the unconscious from Freud to Lacan – a theoretical leap that illuminates much of 20th century thought. 

During this talk, Conor will touch on:

  • An overview of Freud’s development of the concept of the Unconscious – with useful clinical examples from contemporary clinic.
  • A summary of the ‘linguistic turn’ – a look at how structural linguistics revolutionised continental philosophy and psychoanalytic metapsychology  
  • An introduction to the Lacanian Unconscious – paying attention to the glitches and discontinuities in speech - with contemporary clinical examples. 
  • Neurosis and Psychosis – a useful overview of the differential clinic.

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This will be a talk that charts the development of the unconscious from Freud’s thought at the beginning of the 20th century through to Lacan’s ‘high structuralist’ phase of the 1950s, asking how can we use these startling intellectual innovations today. The speaker will use PowerPoint presentation, examples from clinical practice and create time and space for discussion and comment.

Conor McCormack is a psychoanalyst in training with the Lacanian orientated Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research. He works in Bristol in private practice as well as for a National Health Service talking therapy clinic. Conor is also a director and writer known for his powerful, socially engaged filmmaking, including the BIFA nominated documentary Christmas with Dad and the acclaimed voice-hearing documentary In the Real: www.inthereal.org

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