Jung – Lacan Dialogues


This is the fourth in a series of Jung-Lacan Dialogues aimed at fostering an engagement between two of the most important and creative schools of psychoanalysis. What is the common ground between them? What are the intractable differences? Is it possible to find a shared language? And what are the implications for clinical practice?

The Ego

A conversation between Marcus West and Sam Palmer

chaired by Corinna Arndt

For Lacan, the ego is a mirage, an imaginary construct that should be dismantled, rather than strengthened (in neurotic patients, at least). Not surprisingly, ego-psychology is much maligned in Lacanian circles, and analytical psychology has been criticised for the same reasons. Jung, however, was everything but an ally of the ego, focussing instead on the Self. In this dialogue we aim to find out where the fault lines lie between the two theorists and whether there is common ground to be discovered.

Marcus West is a Jungian Analyst (SAP) in private practice. He has written a number of papers (one on the ego), as well as three books: “Feeling, Being and the Sense of Self”, “Understanding Dreams in Clinical Practice”, and “Into the Darkest Places – Early Relational Trauma and Borderline States of Mind” (to be published in April).

Sam Palmer is a psychoanalyst working in London. He is a member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research and the College of Psychoanalysts – UK. He has published several articles on Lacanian psychoanalysis, lectures regularly and is the current editor of JCFAR.

Date Saturday, 4th June 2016, 2-5pm

Venue Room CG41, College Building, Middlesex University

The Burroughs, London NW4 4BT

Admission Free   Enquiries a.worthington@mdx.ac.uk

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