The political mind conference
The BCaT 2019 conference focuses on the link between psychological processes and political action. This will be of interest to all psychotherapists and counsellors who wish to understand how our theoretical understandings of the individual mind are manifested in the larger political world.
David Morgan looks at the role of projective identification in political and economic terrorism. In particular, the role of inflammatory grievances that arise in response to the perception of western foreign policy. This attempt to reverse perceived humiliation and shame uses the guise of religious fundamentalism to achieve its aims.
In conjunction he will also explore how often in violence the pain and tedium of being a "have not" from successive generations of ‘have nots’ means that at some point, this powder keg of loveless emptiness and ‘have not-ness’ will explode into a drive to evacuate these experiences into someone else or adopting political attitudes that facilitate this.
Dr David Morgan is a widely known psychoanalytic psychotherapist who teaches and lectures internationally. He is the author of numerous publications and his most recent book "The Political Mind" is in press and the subject of recent radio programmes.
Renée Danziger will be looking at how psychoanalytic thinking can help to explain why the British government's radical austerity policies were endorsed in 2010 and again in 2015 by many of the people who stood to suffer most from them. Acknowledging that austerity requires sacrifice, the notion that "we’re all in this together" drew on powerful associations to the myth of British solidarity during the Second World War, this slogan helped to obscure the fact that the burden of austerity would by definition fall most heavily on those most dependent on publicly funded services. She will also argue that other important factors were at play, including the nature of group psychology as depicted by Freud and Bion; and the use of defences such as splitting off, projection and the disavowal of social reality.
Dr Renée Danziger is a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society, an Honorary Senior Lecturer at UCL, and psychoanalyst in full time private practice. Her doctorate is in politics, and for many years she worked as a social scientist with a special interest in industrial relations, and in HIV/AIDS policy issues.
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