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11:00 - 12:30


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Danson Room
Trinity College
Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3BH
United Kingdom

satanic error - the value of william blake’s mythology for clinical practice and everyday life

The poet and artist William Blake was profoundly affected by the impact of the industrial revolution and railed against ‘Satanic Mills’. For Blake these ‘mills’ represent an aspect of the human mind that is in a state of repetitive ‘Error’ that has an alarming impact on the individual and society. Blake offers a powerful experiential portal or ‘cipher’ into both this ‘mechanical’ state and liberation from it through his writings and illustrations of ‘Satan.’ Blake’s explorations can be seen to be in the same territory as, but to pre-date the work of Freud, Jung, Bion and also later analytic writers. More recently McGilchrist (2012) in The Master and his Emissary powerfully adds to Blake’s insights with a wealth of contemporary research relating to a dangerous over-valuation of left-brain, scientific processing in the western world coupled with a denigration of the profound relational and integrative qualities that right brain functions promote.

This fully illustrated, stand-alone talk is open to all with an interest in Blake, in self-development, as well as to counsellors, psychotherapists and analysts. It will include a summary and further development of themes explored in Carol’s paper Evil, Imagination and the Unrepressed Unconscious: the Value of William Blake’s Satanic ‘Error’ for Clinical Practice.  This paper won the 2014 British Journal of Psychotherapy’s Rozsika Parker Prize.

About the speaker

Carol Leader is a training and supervising Jungian analyst and senior psychoanalytic psychotherapist with the British Psychotherapy Foundation. She worked extensively in theatre, TV and radio before re-training as a therapist twenty years ago. She is in full time private practice, consults in business and for projects in the arts and writes, lectures and leads workshops and seminars for a number of professional trainings.

Chair: Jane Johnson

Parking: Park & Ride is advised. There are limited spaces in Gloucester Green carpark and additional carparks opposite Nuffield College or Oxpens; pay & display, Mansfield Road or Gloucester Green. Parking is available to those with disabled permits who pre-book.


Image:  William Blake ‘Satan Smiting Job with Boils, from Illustrations of the Book of Job’ [Public domain], The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Edward Bement, 1917.

standard £ 20.00
student £ 10.00