Saturday, 12 January 2008

Dream and Da-sein Today: A Daseinsanalytic Symposium. Inner Circle Seminar 135 (7 December 2008)



















Dream and Da-sein Today
A Daseinsanalytic Symposium

Tamás Fazekas
Hans-Dieter Foerster
Marianne Jaccard
Uta Jaenicke
Hansjörg Reck
Anthony Stadlen
conduct
Inner Circle Seminar No. 135
Sunday 7 December 2008
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This symposium of leading European Daseinsanalysts explores the 21st-century daseinsanalytic understanding of dreams and other phenomena. Tamás Fazekas (Budapest), Hans-Dieter Foerster (Vienna), Marianne Jaccard (Zurich), Uta Jaenicke (Zurich), Hansjörg Reck (Bottighofen) and Anthony Stadlen (London) invite you to bring your own dreams or those of your clients for discussion.

Venue: Regent’s College Conference Centre, Inner Circle, London NW1

Cost: Existential trainees £44, students £96, others £120, IN ADVANCE

Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra Avenue, London N22 7XE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8888 6857 E-mail: stadlen@aol.com

For further information on seminars, visit: http://anthonystadlen.blogspot.com/

The Inner Circle Seminars were founded by Anthony Stadlen in 1996 as an ethical, existential, phenomenological search for truth in psychotherapy. They have been kindly described by Thomas Szasz as ‘Institute for Advanced Studies in the Moral Foundations of Human Decency and Helpfulness’. But they are independent of all institutes, schools and colleges, including Regent’s College.

Friday, 11 January 2008

Szasz in the 21st Century. 2. Liberation by Oppression (2002). Inner Circle Seminar 134 (9 November 2008)



Thomas Szasz
Photograph by Steve Peters
Syracuse NY, April 2008
Thomas Szasz
in the 21st Century

2. Liberation by Oppression:
A Comparative Study of Slavery and Psychiatry (2002)

Anthony Stadlen
conducts
Inner Circle Seminar No. 134
Sunday 9 November 2008
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thomas Szasz remains the world’s foremost moral and existential philosopher of psychiatry and psychotherapy. He has already conducted two Inner Circle Seminars, and will conduct another for his 90th birthday (15 April 2010), 50 years after ‘The Myth of Mental Illness’ (1960). By then he will have published at least ten books since the millennium. We are studying each in turn, and aim to catch him up in time for his own 90th birthday seminar. Today we discuss his second 21st–century book, Liberation by Oppression: A Comparative Study of Slavery and Psychiatry (2002). Each seminar is self-contained. You may attend any or all.
Venue: Regent’s College Conference Centre, Inner Circle, London NW1
Cost: Students £96, others £120, IN ADVANCE
Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra Avenue, London N22 7XE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8888 6857 E-mail:
stadlen@aol.com
For further information on seminars, visit: http://anthonystadlen.blogspot.com/
 
The Inner Circle Seminars were founded by Anthony Stadlen in 1996 as an ethical, existential, phenomenological search for truth in psychotherapy. They have been kindly described by Thomas Szasz as ‘Institute for Advanced Studies in the Moral Foundations of Human Decency and Helpfulness’. But they are independent of all institutes, schools and colleges, including Regent’s College.

Thursday, 10 January 2008

Peter Swales conducts: Who was Wilhelm Fliess? Inner Circle Seminar 133 (26 October 2008)

   Wilhelm Fließ                   Peter J. Swales
Who was Wilhelm Fließ?
Demythologising the Psychoanalytic Myth of Fließ as Freud’s ‘Other’
150th Anniversary Seminar

Peter J. Swales
conducts

Inner Circle Seminar No. 133
introduced by

Anthony Stadlen
Sunday 26 October 2008
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wilhelm Fließ (24 October 1858 – 13 October 1928) was a Berlin physician, the founder of the notion of biorhythms, remembered today as a friend of Sigmund Freud, for whom psychoanalysts suppose he served as a transferential ‘Other’. Fließ’s ideas on biological periodicity are ridiculed, and Freud is said to have discovered his own, correct, ideas through overcoming his idealisation of Fließ.

Peter Swales is the only historian to have comprehensively researched the life and work of Fließ. His biography of Fließ is eagerly awaited. Today, 150 years after Fließ’s birth, and 80 years after his death, Swales gives an unprecedentedly rich and detailed account of Fließ’s origins, childhood and youth; character and personality; medico-scientific studies; journalism; social orbit; work as a physician; and research on the ‘nasal reflex neurosis’ and biorhythms. This reverses the usual picture, reveals Freud as a friend of Fließ, and throws surprising new light on the genesis of psychoanalysis. Your contribution to the discussion will be welcome.
Venue: Regent’s College Conference Centre, Inner Circle, London NW1
Cost: Students £96, others £120, IN ADVANCE
Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra Avenue, London N22 7XE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8888 6857 E-mail: stadlen@aol.com
For further information on seminars, visit: http://anthonystadlen.blogspot.com/

The Inner Circle Seminars were founded by Anthony Stadlen in 1996 as an ethical, existential, phenomenological search for truth in psychotherapy. They have been kindly described by Thomas Szasz as ‘Institute for Advanced Studies in the Moral Foundations of Human Decency and Helpfulness’. But they are independent of all institutes, schools and colleges, including Regent’s College.

Jeffrey Schaler conducts: Addiction is a Choice. Inner Circle Seminar 132 (12 October 2008)

Jeffrey Schaler
Addiction is a Choice

Jeffrey Schaler
conducts
Inner Circle Seminar No. 132
introduced by
Anthony Stadlen
Sunday 12 October 2008
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Professor Jeffrey A. Schaler is the world’s leading disbeliever in ‘addiction’. He is an existential psychotherapist and full time professor in the Department of Justice, Law and Society at American University’s School of Public Affairs in Washington, D.C. His book Addiction is a Choice (2000) argues:
1. No drug (including alcohol and tobacco) is ‘addictive’.
2. Drugs are not intrinsically safe or dangerous, good or bad.
3. Disease refers to cellular pathology, not behaviour.
4. ‘Loss of control’ is an unfalsifiable, hence unscientific, hypothesis.
5. ‘Addiction’ is ethical, not medical.
6. Focussing on the existential reasons for ‘addiction’ can help drug users address and resolve the problems in living they try to solve with drugs.
Whether you agree, disagree, or are undecided, you are welcome to discuss Professor Schaler’s argument and evidence with him in this important seminar.

Venue: Regent’s College Conference Centre, Inner Circle, London NW1
Cost: Students £96, others £120, IN ADVANCE
Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra Avenue, London N22 7XE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8888 6857 E-mail:
stadlen@aol.com
For further information on seminars, visit:
http://anthonystadlen.blogspot.com/

The Inner Circle Seminars were founded by Anthony Stadlen in 1996 as an ethical, existential, phenomenological search for truth in psychotherapy. They have been kindly described by Thomas Szasz as ‘Institute for Advanced Studies in the Moral Foundations of Human Decency and Helpfulness’. But they are independent of all institutes, schools and colleges, including Regent’s College.

Wednesday, 9 January 2008

Alice Holzhey-Kunz conducts: Ontic and Ontological Aspects of Anxiety, Guilt, Shame. Inner Circle Seminar 131 (14 September 2008)

Alice Holzhey-Kunz
The Twofold Meaning of Feelings:
Ontic and Ontological Aspects of Anxiety, Guilt and Shame

Alice Holzhey-Kunz
conducts
Inner Circle Seminar No. 131
introduced by

Anthony Stadlen
Sunday 14 September 2008
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dr Alice Holzhey-Kunz is one of the world’s leading Daseinsanalysts. She was a pupil and colleague of Medard Boss. She is President of the Society for Hermeneutic Anthropology and Daseinsanalysis in Zürich, and author of many papers and books on Daseinsanalysis. Today she will use short texts, by Kierkegaard on anxiety, by Heidegger on guilt, and by Sartre on shame, to show that anxiety, guilt and shame have both ontic and ontological meaning. Dr Holzhey-Kunz is a superb, clear and humorous teacher who will give examples to enable psychotherapists, whether beginner or advanced, to understand the practical, down-to-earth nature of this twofold meaning, and so be better able to help clients who are struggling with these fundamental feelings. You are welcome to contribute to the discussion, and to bring examples from your practice.

Venue: Regent’s College Conference Centre, Inner Circle, London NW1 4NS
Cost: Existential trainees £44, students £96, others £120, IN ADVANCE
Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, 2A Alexandra Avenue, London N22 7XE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8888 6857 E-mail: stadlen@aol.com

The Inner Circle Seminars were founded by Anthony Stadlen in 1996 as an ethical, existential, phenomenological search for truth in psychotherapy. They have been kindly described by Thomas Szasz as ‘Institute for Advanced Studies in the Moral Foundations of Human Decency and Helpfulness’. But they are independent of all institutes, schools and colleges, including Regent’s College.

Monday, 7 January 2008

Szasz in the 21st Century. 1. Pharmacracy (2001). Inner Circle Seminar 130 (20 July 2008)

Thomas Szasz
Photograph by Steve Peters
Syracuse NY, April 2008
Thomas Szasz
in the 21st Century
1. Pharmacracy:
Medicine and Politics in America
(2001)


Anthony Stadlen
conducts
Inner Circle Seminar No. 130
Sunday 20 July 2008
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 
Thomas Szasz remains the world’s foremost moral and existential philosopher of psychiatry and psychotherapy. He kindly calls the Inner Circle Seminars the ‘Institute for Advanced Studies in the Moral Foundations of Human Decency and Helpfulness’. He has himself conducted two, and will conduct another for his 90th birthday (15 April 2010), 50 years after his paper ‘The Myth of Mental Illness’ (1960), which was followed by the book The Myth of Mental Illness (1961). Before then, we shall study all his (at least ten) 21st–century books published so far. Today, we discuss the first, Pharmacracy (2001). We also mark the 150th anniversary of Rudolf Virchow’s Cellular Pathology (1858) and ask, with Szasz, how the ideas of ‘mental health’ and ‘mental illness’ stand up in the light of Virchow’s scientific definition of disease. Each seminar is self-contained.

Venue: Room C, Regent’s College, Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, London NW1

Cost: Students £88, others £110, some bursaries, IN ADVANCE
Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, 2A Alexandra Avenue, London N22 7XE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8888 6857 E-mail:
stadlen@aol.com

Sunday, 6 January 2008

Richard Skues conducts: Freud and ‘Anna O.’. Inner Circle Seminar 129 (22 June 2008)

Bertha Pappenheim (‘Anna O.’)
Freud and ‘Anna O.’
Reopening a Closed Case

Richard Skues
conducts
Inner Circle Seminar No. 129
introduced by
Anthony Stadlen
Sunday 22 June 2008
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For her work in the later part of her life Bertha Pappenheim became celebrated as a feminist writer and social worker. But from 1880 to 1882, as an unknown young Viennese Jewish woman, she had been treated for hysteria by Freud’s mentor Josef Breuer, and as ‘Anna O.’ she was the famous ‘first patient’ of psychoanalysis whose treatment paved the way for Freud’s subsequent work. In recent years many historians of psychoanalysis have come to view this case as a failure, casting doubt on the very foundations of psychoanalysis, and Breuer’s case study has been criticised and ‘corrected’ for more than half a century by leading advocates and adversaries of psychoanalysis, starting with Freud himself. But Dr Richard Skues, in his book Sigmund Freud and the History of Anna O., provides an unparalleled review of the available evidence on the case and reaches new conclusions about its outcome, which pose a radical challenge to existing historical scholarship. Today he presents his controversial findings for discussion.
 
Venue: Regent’s College, Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, London NW1
Cost: Students £88, others £110, some bursaries, IN ADVANCE
Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra Avenue, London N22 7XE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8888 6857 E-mail: stadlen@aol.com

Saturday, 5 January 2008

Max Scheler: The Nature of Sympathy. Inner Circle Seminar 128 (18 May 2008)

Max Scheler on the road to Italy (1924)

Max Scheler
(1874 – 1928)
The Nature of Sympathy

Anthony Stadlen

conducts
Inner Circle Seminar No. 128
Sunday 18 May 2008
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Max Scheler (22 August 1874 – 19 May 1928) died 80 years ago this month. Martin Heidegger, who had published Being and Time the year before, told his students that Scheler had been ‘the strongest force in contemporary philosophy’. He called him ‘irreplaceable’. Heidegger’s own vision of ‘being-with-others-in-the world’ as primordial, and of mere ‘empathy’ as artificial and alienated, is profoundly indebted to Scheler’s thinking in his great book The Nature of Sympathy (1913). Today we shall explore Scheler’s thinking. Your contribution to the discussion is welcome.

Venue: Regent’s College, Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, London NW1
Cost: Students £88, others £110, in advance
Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra Avenue, London N22 7XE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8888 6857 E-mail:
stadlen@aol.com

Vladimir Nabokov: ‘Signs and Symbols’. Jacqueline Hamrit, Phyllis Roth, Anthony Stadlen conduct Inner Circle Seminar 127 (11 May 2008)

Vladimir Nabokov


   Vladimir and Dmitri Nabokov
‘Signs and Symbols
A 60th Anniversary Exploration

Jacqueline Hamrit
Phyllis Roth
Anthony Stadlen

conduct
Inner Circle Seminar No. 127
Sunday 11 May 2008
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 
Vladimir Nabokov’s short story ‘Signs and Symbols’ (first published on 15 May 1948 in The New Yorker) was one of his favourites. His biographer Brian Boyd called it ‘one of the greatest short stories ever written’. It is the most debated of all his stories. Its subject is a young man ‘incurably deranged in his mind’. Nabokov said ‘a second (main) story is woven into, or placed behind, the superficial semitransparent one’.
What is this ‘second story’? What light does it throw on what writers and readers assume about ‘madness’ in literature?
Literary scholars Jacqueline Hamrit (Lille) and Phyllis Roth (Saratoga Springs, NY) and existential psychotherapist Anthony Stadlen (London) discuss these questions with a fourth speaker who claims to have discovered the solution. Your contribution to the discussion will be welcome.

Venue: Room C, Acland Building, Regent’s College, Inner Circle, London NW1
Cost: Students £88, others £110, some bursaries; in advance
Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra Avenue, London N22 7XE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8888 6857 E-mail:
stadlen@aol.com

Friday, 4 January 2008

Wilhelm Reich: Orgasm and Psychotherapy. Inner Circle Seminar 126 (13 April 2008)


Wilhelm Reich with Peter Reich
24 March 1947
Wilhelm Reich
Orgasm and Psychotherapy

Anthony Stadlen
conducts
Inner Circle Seminar No. 126
Sunday 13 April 2008
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wilhelm Reich (24 March 1897 – 3 November 1957) was one of the great original psychotherapists of the twentieth century. But, 50 years after his death in jail, he is rarely mentioned in psychotherapy courses. Yet his work on character armouring and character analysis is revelatory. In today’s seminar, we study his book The Function of the Orgasm and his case history of a ‘schizophrenic’ in which he wrote (before Szasz or Laing): ‘There must be a potent reason why the schizophrenic is treated so cruelly and the cruel homo normalis is honoured so crazily all over this planet.’

Venue: Room C, Regent’s College, Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, London NW1

Cost: Students £88, others £110, some bursaries, in advance
Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra Avenue, London N22 7XE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8888 6857 E-mail:
stadlen@aol.com

Thursday, 3 January 2008

Merleau-Ponty: ‘The Child’s Relations with Others’. Naomi and Anthony Stadlen conduct Inner Circle Seminar 125 (16 March 2008)

Maurice Merleau-Ponty
Maurice Merleau-Ponty
(14 March 1908 – 4 May 1961)
‘The Child’s Relations with Others’
A Centenary Exploration

Naomi and Anthony Stadlen
conduct
Inner Circle Seminar No. 125
Sunday 16 March 2008
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Maurice Merleau-Ponty was born 100 years ago. Many existential psychotherapists regard the notes of his Sorbonne course, ‘The Child’s Relations with Others’ (1951), as the authoritative phenomenological text on human development and ‘intersubjectivity’, although more than half a century has passed. In this seminar, we shall read it and discuss whether this text deserves this high evaluation and whether it adequately reflects what perceptive mothers and fathers report of how their babies relate to others. We anticipate that a number of mothers and babies will attend and contribute their views to the discussion. We hope you will, too.

Venue: Room C, Regent’s College, Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, London NW1
Cost: Mothers-with-babies £5, students £88, others £110, in advance
Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra Avenue, London N22 7XE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8888 6857 E-mail: stadlen@aol.com

Wednesday, 2 January 2008

Buber/Rogers dialogue: Further reflections. Inner Circle Seminar 124 (10 February 2008)

Martin Buber
Further reflections
on the dialogue between
Buber and Rogers

Carl Rogers
Anthony Stadlen
conducts
Inner Circle Seminar No. 124
Sunday 10 February 2008
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Last year we marked the 50th anniversary of the public dialogue on 18 April 1957 between the existential thinker Martin Buber and the psychotherapist Carl Rogers. By public demand, this seminar offers another rare opportunity to listen to the tape recording of the whole dialogue. We also use the corrected transcript and commentary by Anderson and Cissna. The questions discussed by Buber and Rogers, on the nature of a psychotherapeutic relationship, are still central for psychotherapists today. But we shall also ask other questions that seem not to have occurred to them. Your contribution to resuming the dialogue between Buber and Rogers will be welcome.

Venue: Room C, Acland Building, Regent’s College, Inner Circle, London NW1

Cost: Students £88, others £110, some bursaries; in advance
Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra Avenue, London N22 7XE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8888 6857 E-mail: stadlen@aol.com

Tuesday, 1 January 2008

Freud’s ‘Little Hans’. Inner Circle Seminar 123 (20 January 2008)

Der Gaulschreck (1920),
pen and ink on Kataster paper,
by Alfred Kubin (1877-1959)

Photograph by Alessandra Comini
Freud’s ‘Little Hans’
The first child psychoanalysis
A centenary investigation

Anthony Stadlen
conducts
Inner Circle Seminar No. 123
Sunday 20 January 2008
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 
This case study is Freud’s account of how, 100 years ago this month, a small boy, ‘Little Hans’, who had become afraid of horses, was ‘treated psychoanalytically’ for this supposed ‘illness’ by his father under Freud’s supervision. R. D. Laing called this ‘the most alarming of all Freud’s case histories’. Today, we explore the family relationships and the ethics of this ‘treatment’. We shall make use of findings from Anthony Stadlen’s research interviews with Little Hans’s widow and with the family with whom he was staying when, according to Hans himself, he first became afraid of horses.

Venue: Room C, Regent’s College, Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, London NW1

Cost: Students £88, others £110, some bursaries, in advance
Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra Avenue, London N22 7XE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8888 6857 E-mail: stadlen@aol.com