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Creative Interaction between Analyst and Patient: Development of the ego and creative core of the personality in psychoanalysis

Led by Neville Symington

Sunday 7 May 2017

Neville Symington is a psycho-analyst who has developed a view that there is an underlying pattern of disturbance that generates all the forms of mental illness described in the psychiatric text-books. He also believes that we clinicians at the moment are largely failing to heal that deeper level of disturbance because we lack the right lens with which to see what is in need of healing. This event will be typical of his characteristic invitation to reconsider the theoretical basis of our work.

Neville Symington has written extensively on the psychology of the individual, asking such thought-provoking questions as 'what is a person?' He is well-known for his work on narcissism in which he suggests that although it can be accounted for by early trauma, what is most important is the response to that trauma - the relationship with it. He believes that the basic structure of our minds lies in emotional actions towards an object, and that the source of that action lies in the ego.

The talks being given on this day centre around the view that human communication, of which psycho-analysis is one instance, is a creative act and that a certain mental state needs to be enkindled for this to occur. He will emphasize that when such emotional requirements are not activated, it is not necessarily due to repression or denial but because the creative core of the individual has not fully developed. We will consider what needs to happen in psychoanalysis for the undeveloped psychological function to grow and develop.


Neville Symington
Neville Symington trained as a Psychoanalyst at the Institute of Psychoanalysis in London. He became Director of the Camden Psychotherapy Unit and later moved to the Tavistock Clinic, where he was Head of the Psychology Discipline in the Adult and Adolescent Departments. In 1986 he migrated to Australia and in the following year became Chairman of the Sydney Institute for Psychoanalysis and in 1999 President of the Australian Psychoanalytical Society, a position he held until 2002.

He is the highly acclaimed author of eleven books on psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, including The Analytic Experience a classic text based on a series of lectures given at the Tavistock Clinic; Narcissism a new theory, Emotion and Spirit, The Clinical thinking of Wilfred Bion, The Making of a Psychotherapist, The Spirit of Sanity, A Pattern of Madness, How to choose a Psychotherapist and The Blind Man Sees. More recently Neville has written a novel - The Priest's Affair. .. More >>


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Certificates of attendance for 6 hours will be provided at the event

5th Floor Lecture Theatre
Tavistock Centre
120 Belsize Lane

09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:15 Coffee
13:00 Lunch
15:15 Tea
17:00 End