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The Repression and Abandonment of Oedipus

University College London campus

Organised by: UCL Psychoanalysis Unit

Date: 30 Nov 2018 to 2 Dec 2018

The Repression and Abandonment of Oedipus: oedipal situations in life, distress and disorder

Location: University College London

The most nuclear of psychoanalytic ideas is the eponymously named Oedipus complex. Stated generally, it is that shifting patterns of triangular love, hate and rivalry exist universally: two are imagined to join as a cross-generational sexual pair transgressing the incest taboo. The third fears abandonment and feels murderous. These patterns determine whom we love and/or hate and how we see the differences, or absence of them, between the sexes. They operate in the genesis of guilt and mental disorders. They structure family and group dynamics. They interact with culture. This Conference aims at a current view of how we understand, and work with clinically, the phenomena to which this radical thesis draws our attention.

Main speakers

  • Denis Flynn, British Psychoanalytical Society
  • Francesca Hume, British Psychoanalytical Society, and Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
  • David Taylor, British Psychoanalytical Society, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, and University College London

Friday clinical seminar leaders

Robin Anderson, David Bell, Donald Campbell, Denis Flynn, Peter Fonagy, Francesca Hume, Chris Mawson, Rosine Jozef Perelberg, Irma Brenman Pick, Gigliola Fornari Spoto, Mary Target, David Taylor, and David Tuckett

For more information about the call for papers, call for clinical presenters and registration details, visit the UCL Psychoanalysis Unit website.