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11:00 - 12:45


Online (via Zoom)
United Kingdom

audiences with authors: dissecting the superego: moralities under the psychoanalytic microscope

Saturday 17th October 2020, 11:00 - 12:45

In her presentation, Celia Harding will address the question: What has become of the Superego in our Selfie Society?

We seem to be living in an Age of Narcissism: ‘selfies’, ‘snowflakes', identity politics and self-obsessed political leaders seem to be the order of the day. It is as if Freud’s aphorism has reversed into ‘where ego was, id shall be’. If the Superego is the internalised object of ‘the common good’; the ‘representation of society in mind’, which regulates the relationship between self and other, what role is it playing in society today? Is it a useful concept for thinking about these issues?

With these thoughts and questions in mind, Celia Harding will introduce her new book of collected papers ‘Dissecting the Superego: Moralities under the Psychoanalytic Microscope’. Chapters cover many areas of superego functioning, for example: in perverse and in borderline mental functioning; in psychopathic and in fundamentalist states of mind, in depression and in its archaic form as simultaneously a defence but also ego-crushing conscience. in writing this book, Harding has brought together writers such as Robert Hinshelwood, Heather Wood, Jack Nathan, Warren Colman and Celia Taylor.

In this talk, we will focus on the role of the Superego in the Age of Narcissism - highly topical and one very much in all of our minds in the markedly individualistic climate we find ourselves in today.

This event qualifies for 1.5 CPD hours

Please note: This is a Zoom event, the details of which will be emailed to you upon registration.

About the speakers: 

Celia Harding B.Ed, M.Sc. Member of the fpc (wpf). She has worked as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist in private practice in East London for over thirty years and is a founder member of the Association for Psychotherapy in East London. She edited Sexuality: Psychoanalytic Perspectives (2001) and Aggression and Destructiveness (2006). She Supervises, Consults and Teaches.

Elizabeth Reddish, D Psych, BA (Hons Linguistics) will Chair the meeting and discussion. Elizabeth is a bpf member and has worked as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in London since 1996. Her book ‘The Petrified Ego (Karnac 2014) is based on her doctoral thesis ‘The Structuring Function of the Superego’. She also consults on career development. Her clinical experience of the debilitating impact of an over-critical conscience informs the psychoanalytic model she has designed to help individuals fulfil their potential at work.