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Professor Robert Hinshelwood

Robert Hinshelwood is a psychoanalyst, and Professor of Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex. He has been a prolific writer for the last 35 years, whose wide-ranging work covers clinical and theoretical psychoanalysis as well as the application of psychoanalytic thinking to other fields, especially groups, organisations and social science. He founded three journals, the International Journal of Therapeutic Communities (now: Therapeutic Communities) in 1980 and the British Journal of Psychotherapy in 1984, both of which he edited for some years, and Psychoanalysis and History in 1998. Formerly a doctor, Professor Hinshelwood was originally drawn to the anti-psychiatry movement, with figures such as RD Laing and David Cooper who challenged orthodox psychiatry. Fascinated by Bionís work on groups and Menzies-Lythís on social systems, he became interested in the dynamics of groups and their application for psychiatry in therapeutic communities. His wish to understand psychosis better was a motivation to enter into psychoanalytic training and to choose a Kleinian approach. For a full list of his works please go to:

Past and present Confer events
The Irreducible Otherness of the Therapist
Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 November 2015

Book of the Month
Grief Works by Julia Samuel

Death affects us all. Yet it is still the last taboo in our society, and grief is still profoundly misunderstood...

In Grief Works we hear stories from those who have experienced great love and great loss - and survived. Stories that explain how grief unmasks our greatest fears, strips away our layers of protection and reveals our innermost selves...
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Helen Fisher: The brain in love

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The Latest Neuroimaging Findings in Borderline Personality Disorder

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