Manchester reading group starts next month
This reading group looks at Juliet Mitchell’s book 'Reclaiming Hysteria.'
The classic signs of hysteria involve physical symptoms – pains, paralyses, syndromes – for which no medical cause can be found. Hysteria before, Freud was regarded as a female disease caused by the womb wandering around the body. And it was while treating hysterical patients that Freud developed his psychotherapeutic method. Mitchell shows the recent reports of the death of hysteria are greatly mistaken and that we have to reclaim hysteria if we are to engage with the distress of our clients. Mitchell concludes the hysteric is someone who mimics another’s desire by identifying with them, which leads her to place greater emphasis on the ‘horizontal’ relationships of our clients – with siblings, for example. This is an exciting and fascinating book that will stimulate fresh ideas about your work. Suitable for both new and experienced counsellors & psychotherapists and for members of related professions.
This reading group meets Fridays 6.30pm - 8.30pm on the following dates:
- 21st February - A Brief History of Hysteria.
- 21st March Dora – A Case of Hysteria.
- 16th May - Where Has All the Hysteria Gone?
- 20th June - From Catastrophe to Trauma.
Further details and booking information from Paul Melia here: