Monday, 1 April 1996

Freud’s Seduction Theory and the Birth of Psychoanalysis. Inner Circle Seminars (First series: 1996 – 1997)

FREUD’S SEDUCTION THEORY AND THE BIRTH OF PSYCHOANALYSIS
ANTHONY STADLEN
conducts
FREUD CENTENARY SEMINARS
21 APRIL 1996 – 21 SEPTEMBER 1997


Freud in his lecture of 21 April 1896 announced a new method: ‘psychoanalysis’. He claimed it revealed ‘repressed’ memories of childhood sexual abuse in 100% of adult ‘hysterics’. This was his ‘seduction theory’. But in a letter to Fliess on 21 September 1897 he retracted it.

In these seminars Anthony Stadlen presents some of his unpublished historical research findings. He invites participants to join him in studying stages on Freud’s way.

He also invites discussion of existential seduction theory, a renewal of Freud’s quest a hundred years on.

1. 21 April 1996
‘The stones speak!’


2. 20 October 1996
‘You are requested to close the eyes.'


3. 24 November 1996
‘If I can’t shift heaven, I’ll stir up hell.


4. 19 January 1997
‘… I understand the harsh therapy of the witches’ judges.


5. 16 February 1997
‘… my own father was one of the perverts …’


6. 16 March 1997
‘I’m still not finished with a single case.’


7. 27 April 1997
‘… I told her that similar and worse things must have happened in her earliest childhood.’


8. 1 June 1997
‘… I shall very soon uncover the source of morality.’


9. 29 June 1997
‘I believe I am in a cocoon, God knows what sort of beast will crawl out.’


10. 21 September 1997
‘Rebecca, take your dress off, you’re not a bride any more!’

Anthony Stadlen is an existential analyst. He teaches and supervises at Regent’s College School of Psychotherapy and Counselling; the London Centre for Psychotherapy; and the Association of Independent Psychotherapists. His research is sponsored by the Nuffield Foundation. He is a former Research Fellow of the Freud Museum, London.

Seminars on Sundays: Morning 10 – 1, Afternoon 2 - 5

Venue: Meeting Room A, Acland Building, Regent’s College, Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4NS Tel: 0171 486 0141

Cars may be parked free on Sunday in the college and park. Baker Street underground is ten minutes’ walk. Refreshments may be bought in the college or park restaurant. Acland Building has access for disabled people.

Seminars 2 to 10 cost £370 (students £297) payable by 4 October; or three instalments of £135 each (students £108). Individual seminars cost £55 (students £44). Places are limited.

Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, 64 Dartmouth Park Road, London NW5 1SN

Tel: 0171 485 3896

‘The Stones Speak!’ Inner Circle Seminar 1 (21 April 1996)

‘THE STONES SPEAK!

FREUDS SEDUCTION THEORY
AND THE BIRTH OF PSYCHOANALYSIS

21 APRIL 1896 – 21 APRIL 1996

ANTHONY STADLEN
CONDUCTS
AN ALL-DAY SEMINAR
ON THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF FREUD’S DOUBLE ANNOUNCEMENT
OF THE ‘SEDUCTION THEORY’ AND OF ‘PSYCHOANALYSIS’
TO THE SOCIETY FOR PSYCHIATRY AND NEUROLOGY IN VIENNA

Sunday 21 April 1996
Morning 10-1 Afternoon 2-5

Freud in his lecture of 21 April 1896 announced a new method: ‘psychoanalysis’. He claimed it revealed ‘repressed’ memories of childhood sexual abuse in 100% of adult ‘hysterics’. This was his ‘seduction theory’.

Anthony Stadlen has for nearly two decades conducted historical research on Freud’s case-histories. He will present some of his unpublished research findings and invite the seminar to discuss what light they throw on Freud’s seduction theory and subsequent retraction. He will invite participants to join him in examining false reasoning both in Freud and in the later literature on the seduction theory. He will propose for discussion an existential seduction theory renewing Freud’s vision a hundred years later.

‘The authority on Freud’s original seduction” theory, its genesis and its ultimate fate, is surely Anthony Stadlen of the Freud Museum in London.’

John Kerr (1993) A Most Dangerous Method

Anthony Stadlen is an existential analyst in private practice. His research on the paradigm cases of psychoanalysis and existential analysis is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy at the University of Essex and supported by the Nuffield Foundation. He teaches and supervises on the M.A. and Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy at Regent’s College School of Psychotherapy and Counselling; at the London Centre for Psychotherapy; and at the Association of Independent Psychotherapists. He is a former Research Fellow of the Freud Museum, London.

Venue:
School of Psychotherapy and Counselling
Regent’s College
Inner Circle
Regent’s Park
London NW1 4NS
Telephone: 0171 487 7406

Cost: £51.50 (£41.20 for RSPC students)
Early enrolment is recommended as numbers are limited
Anthony Stadlen may be contacted at 0171 485 3896