Thursday 5 January 2006

Freud and Love: Freud’s 150th Birthday. Inner Circle Seminar 101 (7 May 2006)

Freud and Jofi
courtesy of the
Freud Museum, London

Freud and Love

Celebrating Freud’s 150th Birthday

Anthony Stadlen

Inner Circle Seminar No. 101
Sunday 7 May 2006
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Freud was born on 6 May 1856. Today, we explore his understanding of love. He wrote to Jung 100 years ago (6 December 1906) that psychoanalysis is ‘a cure through love’ (he meant the patient’s unrequited love for the analyst). The word ‘love’ occurs hundreds of times in Freud’s collected writings. But what did he mean by it? True to his theory, he wrote that his daughter Sophie’s death was a ‘deep narcissistic wound’ for him, though when his beloved dog Jofi (see photograph) died he said, simply, ‘It is very hard’. What are the implications for psychotherapy of Freud’s conception of love, and of the criticisms of it by other thinkers?

Cost: Students £72, others £90, in advance; some bursaries
Venue: Room F, Acland Building, Regent’s College, Inner Circle, London NW1 4NS
Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra Avenue, London N22 7XE
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8888 6857 E-mail:

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