Love & Hate
Saturday 23rd November
Registration 8.30am – programme from 9.00am to 6.00pm
Ticket sales via: www.existentialanalys is.org.uk
Students £70, Members £90, Non-members £100
Venue: NCVO, 8 All Saints Street, London N1 9RL
(Nearest Tube: Kings Cross)
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Love, that loosener of limbs, makes me tremble… Sappho
Hate is a bottomless cup; I will pour and pour… Euripides
Love and Hate are passions which map and shape our lives. They will free or bind us, wreck us or release us. In the therapeutic relationship therapist and client engage, succumb, survive, express and transform love and hate. Much of the work of therapy pivots around these vital emotions and a therapy of depth and consequence cannot happen without the presence and expression of both.
How do we achieve this within the different contexts in which we live and practice and within the rules and regulations of our different registering bodies?
Through philosophy, art, research and dialogue, mediated by lived experience, therapeutic practice, and audience participation, the 2013 SEA conference seeks to explore the terrain of love and hate together with some of the key figures of the Society’s past, present and future.
“Dionysos is the god who presides over illusion. He is there when impossibilities and absurdities seem real. He is the great illusionist where nothing and no-one remain what they seem. He is the ecstatic one. But if he is not recognised he leads to disaster.
Heidegger in the Zollicon seminars and elsewhere shows that the ecstatic relationship cannot be represented. Similarly Wittgenstein in much of his writing shows the crucial importance of the difference between what can be represented and what cannot. I will briefly try to show the importance of this to psychotherapy.”
Emmy van Deurzen
“Working existentially with relationships is a considerable challenge and often involves an exploration of what it means to be in a loving struggle, in which the whole range of emotions between love and hate can be allowed and understood…. The insights of existential philosophers, novelists and poets may help us to learn to live with the paradoxes and conflicts that love will expose us to. Examples of people’s private and joint struggles with love, hate, fear, abandonment and indifference will illustrate the art of existential relationship work in practice.”
“Hatred is seen as a fundamental feature of the human condition in the Judeo-Christian tradition, and some psychological formulations appear to support this notion (for example, Object Relations Theory). Since the fall from grace and the exclusion from the Garden of Eden, pain and hatred are the lot of humankind. Hatred has to be faced and overcome.
In this paper, I elaborate this idea of hatred as a choice, drawing on Kelly’s (1969) psychology of personal constructs and Mair’s (1977) proposition of self as a community rather than a unity. This understanding of hatred has different implications for how we might proceed from hatred to forgiveness.”
Love and hate are passions which shape our lives and our practice. The 2013 SEA Conference will explore these emotions and the tension between them: their creative and destructive aspects, the consequences of favouring one over the other, the truths and lies they engender – and more.
Our keynote speakers will be Emmy van Deurzen, John Heaton and Trevor Butt.
Other speakers will explore ‘Love and Hate’:
- as ‘magnificent monsters’ in today’s cultural landscape
- as experienced in educational and child psychology
- in relation to addiction
- as expressed and explored in philosophy and the arts.
Please note that there are a limited number of tickets available.
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