The Jungian Training in Analytical Psychotherapy
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Jungian Public Lectures

Saturday 10th June 2017


Giorgio Giaccardi

The missing or inadequate symbolisation of male same-sex desire within a heteronormative collective consciousness shapes the formation of male subjectivities according to specific lines. The exploration of this area will allow me to reflect on the problem of unsymbolised psychic experiences and the ensuing attempts at repairing this lack, by drawing on inputs from cultural studies and clinical practice, within a post-Jungian understanding of the structure of the psyche and the process of individuation.

In particular, I will consider some aspects of the process leading from a symbolic deficit to the formation of containers for same-sex desire in the making of the mind of men, as revealed by the kind of emotional experiences traversed and the symbolic representations generated by gay men in the contemporary Western world, such as melancholy, rage, concealment, inauthenticity, sentimentality, fantasy, excess, centrality of sex, appropriative identifications, communality of desires, experience of time.

Giorgio Giaccardi is a Jungian Analyst, member of the BJAA, working in private practice in London. He has written, taught and given seminars on sexual diversity, gender identity and the notion of symbol at Birkbeck, University of Essex and various professional Associations. He has recently published contributions on these themes on the journal "Couple and Family Psychoanalysis" (2016) and on the BPC Magazine "New Associations" (2015). His latest paper "Unconscious Processes, Instrumental Musical and the Experience of the Sublime" was commended in the 2014 Rozsika Parker Prize and published on the BJP (2015).

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).


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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