Wednesday 1 January 2020

Echoism. Donna Christina Savery conducts Inner Circle Seminar 255 (19 January 2020)


The Silenced Response to Narcissism
Practice and Theory

Donna Christina Savery
Inner Circle Seminar No. 255
introduced by
Anthony Stadlen
Sunday 19 January 2020
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Echo and Narcissus
John William Waterhouse (1903)

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Donna Christina Savery

In this seminar Donna Christina Savery introduces her research into echoism: a way of relating, complementary to narcissism, that she has herself brilliantly identified; named; explored; worked with therapeutically, psychoanalytically and daseinsanalytically; and sensitively described both in general terms and through detailed, compelling case studies.

Following seven years work with patients who have experienced narcissistic parenting or who find themselves in repeated relationships with narcissistic partners, she offers a new insight into narcissistic and co-dependent relationships.

Returning to the myth of Echo and Narcissus in Ovid, from which the vast array of psychoanalytic literature on narcissism originates, Donna Savery asks how and why Echo’s voice and story have become marginalised to the extent that she is simply called a co-dependent (reinforcing the very notion of dependency upon a narcissist). She explains how she has drawn upon psychoanalytic literature, existential philosophy and a daseinsanalytic approach to practice as a way of understanding this largely forgotten group of individuals. She has worked with individuals, couples and groups and presents in her book Echoism, published in 2018, the first complete theory of echoism.

Venue: Durrants Hotel, 26–32 George Street, Marylebone, London W1H 5BJ
Cost: Psychotherapy trainees £132, others £165, some bursaries; coffee, tea, Durrants rock, mineral water included; payable in advance; no refunds or transfers unless seminar cancelled
Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra AvenueLondon N22 7XE
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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 universities.

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