Sex and the psyche
The traumatic origins of sexual fantasies
In this presentation, Brett Kahr will discuss the results of his international research project which surveyed over 25,000 adult sexual fantasies. Prof Kahr will explore the roots of both the masturbatory and the coital fantasy, examining the ways in which early traumatic experiences become eroticised as part of a defensive process, often erupting in "erotic tumours" and "conjugal aneurysms", which threaten to destroy intimacy.
Prof Brett Kahr has worked in the mental health profession for over 35 years. He is Senior Fellow at Tavistock Relationships at the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology in London, and Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Psychotherapy and Mental Health at the Centre for Child Mental Health in London, as well as a Consultant Psychotherapist at The Balint Consultancy and at The Bowlby Centre. He is the author or editor of 10 books and has served as series editor of over 50 further books, including, most recently, 'New Horizons in Forensic Psychotherapy' and 'Coffee with Freud'.
Trauma and sexuality
Within our culture, first experiences of sexuality can be shameful, embarrassing and even traumatic, even between consenting partners. So what happens when there is no consent? Dr Sinason will discuss how the solutions attempted by people with dissociative disorders and disability help us understand the connection between trauma and sexuality.
Dr Valerie Sinason is a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst, working with children, adolescents and adults, as well as a respected poet and writer. She was founder director of the Clinic for Dissociative Studies and is President of the Institute for Psychotherapy and Disability (IPD). She is also Hon Consultant Psychotherapist at the University of Cape Town Child Guidance Clinic; Patron of the Dorchester Trust, Chair of Trustees of the First People Art Centre – Nieu Bethesda Arts Foundation.
About the host
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