Wednesday 1 October 1997

The Collapse of All Values and the Second Birth of Psychoanalysis. Inner Circle Seminars (Second series: 1997 – 1998)





On 21 April 1896 Freud announced a new method: ‘psychoanalysis’. He claimed it confirmed his ‘seduction theory’. But on 21 September 1897 he secretly gave the theory up. He wrote to Fliess of ‘this collapse of all values’. But Ernest Jones called it the ‘acme of Freud’s life’. Was this a new birth of psychoanalysis? Or a betrayal?
In these seminars Anthony Stadlen presents more of his unpublished historical research findings. He invites participants to join him in studying further stages on Freud’s way: from October 1897 to July 1898.
He invites discussion of fundamental theory, including existential seduction theory: a renewal of Freud’s quest a hundred years on.

1. 26 October 1997
‘I have found being in love with the mother and jealousy of the father in myself too…’

2. 16 November 1997
‘…the memory currently stinks… This is repression.’

3. 14 December 1997
‘Immortality, retribution, the whole Beyond are such depictions of our psychic interior…’

4. 18 January 1998
‘…I already convinced myself by unbuttoning myself in the carriage…’

5. 15 February 1998
‘The dream event plays on another psychic terrain.’

6. 15 March 1998
‘First I must check up on the Oedipus legend…’

7. 26 April 1998
‘In hysteria…the share of phantasy is greater than I first thought…’

8. 24 May 1998
‘…I have nothing but dream, dream.’

9. 28 June 1998
‘If one’s sister is not one’s mother’s child, one is after all free from blame.’

10. 26 July 1998
‘Two little trips are dawning for me…first with Minna, second with Martha.’

Anthony Stadlen is an existential analyst. He teaches and supervises at Regent’s College School of Psychotherapy and Counselling; the New 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: Regent’s College, Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4NS

Tel: 0171 486 0141

Ask for the seminar room at the reception desk. 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. There is access for people with disabilities.

The series costs £520 (students £416) by 5 October; or three instalments of £190 each (students £152) by 5 October, 4 January, 12 April; or monthly £60 (students £48) a week in advance. Places are limited.

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

Tel: 0171 485 3896