Dr. Gottfried M. Heuer


Venue: The Upper Room,
Redland Park United Reformed Church,
Whiteladies Road,
Bristol, BS6 6SA

12 May 2018

10.30am – 12.45pm

Cost: £12, Concessions: £8



Healing Wounded History

Jung and his Twin Brother: From Sibling-Rivalry and Fratricide towards Redemption

Speaker: Dr. Gottfried M. Heuer

The subject of my talk is twofold: First, I shall briefly introduce a trans-historical methodology. Based in core aspects of Gross’s work, this is a psychoanalytic, intersubjective, and trans-generational way of exploring the past by turning backwards in time with the aim of healing both present and future. In this context, the philosopher Walter Benjamin speaks of an ‘Angel of History’, evoking the presence of the holy. From this perspective I am approaching the conflictual dialectic between Jung and Gross as it unfolded in the early years of the creation of psychoanalysis. I also consider their relationship in terms of the father-projections both had towards Freud, and the resulting father/son-dynamics. My trans-historical approach gathers all the actors in this drama on a metaphorical stage for the purpose of determining truth in the hope of reconciliation and redemption.

Dr. Gottfried M. Heuer, Jungian Training–Psychoanalyst and –Supervisor, Neo-Reichian Body-psychotherapist and-Trainer: some 40 years of clinical practice in London; independent scholar with over 70 papers published; initiator of two international research organisations focussing on Gross, about whom there is a filmed interview on the website of one of these: https://ottogross.org/ ; books include 10 Gross-congress–proceedings; Sacral Revolutions, and Sexual Revolutions as well as Freud’s ‘Outstanding’ Colleague/Jung’s ‘Twin Brother’: The Suppressed Psychoanalytic and Political Significance of Otto Gross (all three Routledge 2010/-11/17); Heuer is also a published graphic artist, photographer, sculptor and poet.