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Jungian Public Lectures

Saturday 6th May 2017

THE SEXUAL SYMPTOM: BIOMECHANICAL GLITCH OR DEEP UNCONSCIOUS PHANTASY?

Brett Kahr

Nowadays, most British health care providers will treat discrete sexual symptoms with medication. Men who struggle with erectile dysfunction will often receive a prescription for Cialis or Viagra, while women with low libido and other forms of sexual difficulty will often be recommended for hormone therapy. Although psychoanalysis originated as a remedy for a range of symptomatologies, including overtly sexual ones, depth psychology has, in recent decades, lost its status as the treatment of choice for psychosexual inhibitions. Does psychoanalysis still have a place in the healing of such diverse symptoms as impotence, frigidity, ejaculatory disorders, vaginismus, anorgasmia, and many other struggles in the bedroom?

Drawing upon many decades of clinical practice and upon my cross-national research project on sexual fantasy, in which I and colleagues examined over 25,000 adult sexual fantasies in both Great Britain and in the United States of America, I will consider the powerful, but much unappreciated potential for psychosexual symptomatology to be resolved through traditional psychodynamic methods of understanding within the context of a transference situation. I will present detailed case material illustrating the way in which such persistent symptoms can be resolved successfully in both longer-term and shorter-term psychoanalytical work.

Professor Brett Kahr has worked in the mental health field for over thirty-five years. He is Senior Fellow at Tavistock Relationships (Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships), at the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology and also Senior Clinical Research Fellow at the Centre for Child Mental Health in London. A Consultant Psychotherapist at The Balint Consultancy and a Consultant in Psychology to the Bowlby Centre, he also serves as Trustee to the Freud Museum. He is the author or editor of nine books, including Sex and the Psyche, published by Penguin Books, which became a Sunday Times Book Club Choice and a Waterstone's Non-Fiction Bestseller; and he has served as Series Editor to over forty other titles. His most recent books include Tea with Winnicott and Coffee with Freud in the 'Interviews with Icons Series'.

Time and Place

This event will be held between 10:15 – 12:45 at The Priory Rooms, Quaker Meeting House, 40 Bull Street, Birmingham B4 6AF (www.theprioryrooms.co.uk).

Booking

The cost for each lecture is 45.00 for WMIP members and 55.00 for non-WMIP members. Bookings should be made at least a fortnight before the lecture.

Enquiries: Sue Harford, Administrator to the Jungian Training Committee, Unit 1A,
West Stockwith Park, Stockwith Road, Misterton, Nottinghamshire. DN10 4ES
Telephone: 08444 631 341    Email: jtc@wmip.org

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