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11:00 - 12:30


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Nissan Lecture Theatre
St. Antony's College
62 Woodstock Rd
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 6JF
United Kingdom

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inner voices and other lives as secrets: a psychoanalytic perspective on fragmentation and compartmentalisation

Psychoanalysis has a special interest in the study of breakdown and fragmentation of the ego, especially during extreme states of mind such as psychosis. It contributes to our understanding of how conscious and unconscious fragmentation and compartmentalisation of mind and behaviour can act as defences against psychic collapse.
In this talk, Kannan Navaratnem will present an overview of human secrets in this context and focus, through a psychoanalytic lens, on the type of secrets of which individuals are consciously aware but unable to process and think about, and therefore resort to the defences of fragmentation or compartmentalisation: inner voices only they hear and other lives of which only they are aware. To illustrate some of these points in relation to analytic work with secrets as well as secrets in analysis, he will refer briefly to some material from the analysis of a woman with severe disturbances to her ego functions and identity. He will also include two film clips from contemporary cinema to highlight the depiction of these two types of secrets.
Registration, tea and coffee start at 10.30 am. Tickets are also available at the door at £20.

This event is organised by the bpf  Wessex.

the speaker

Kannan Navaratnem is a psychoanalyst in private practice in London and an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Psychoanalysis Unit at University College London. He teaches at the Institute of Psychoanalysis, the BPA, the bpf, WPF Therapy and the Tavistock Clinic.


how to get there

By train: 22 -30 minutes’ walk or bus from Oxford Station.

By car: the nearest Park and Ride to St Antony's is Peartree OX2 8JD, from where you can take the 300 bus to just outside the College entrance.

accessibility:  The venue has full wheelchair accessibility 

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online in advance £ 18.00