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"where shall the word be found, where will the word resound?” absence of resonance and the struggle to find the right register

bpf Wessex Public Event - Presented by Francesca Hume

Saturday 23rd January 2021, 11:00 - 12:30


Speaker: Francesca Hume

The title, taken from TS Eliot’s Ash Wednesday, conveys something of the subject matter for this paper, and is also a demonstration of what good poetry possesses, and what the patient at the centre of this paper lacks: the capacity to resonate deeply and meaningfully with the listener and to spontaneously evoke feelings and rich associations.

'What is going on when, instead of feeling something in response to a patient, one finds oneself feeling nothing? With the patient I describe, a lack of resonance in me was the first indication I had of her split and fragmented functioning. There is a danger of treating free associations in such a situation conventionally, as though they belong to a more constant underlying state – and it is this absence of resonance that can alert us to the deeper level of disturbance.'

Francesca will describe the operation of an unconscious omnipotent phantasy that functions to protect the patient from an underlying state of persecution and confusion. The analyst’s struggle is to interpret at a meaningful level in these circumstances, but when this becomes possible, there is some relief and improvement in functioning.

about the speaker:

Francesca Hume: first trained as a clinical psychologist. After a period of research in Central America examining the impact of war and trauma on ex-combatants she returned to the UK, specialising first as a forensic clinical psychologist before joining the Adult Department at the Tavistock Clinic to train there in the mid 90’s. She has since also trained as an psychoanalyst with the British Psychoanalytic Society.

She is now a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society and a Consultant Psychologist at the Tavistock where she is Course Lead on the Tavistock’s Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training and is the Head of the Adult Psychology Discipline.

Her theoretical interests include Kleinian and post-Kleinian theory which she teaches - and she has presented and published analytic papers on Omnipotence and Projective Identification, Depression and the Manic Defence and modern understandings of the Oedipus Complex. She has also published papers on Bion and Group Analysis and Trauma. As well as analytic work, she has a particular clinical interest in working with groups. She also has a private analytic practice and runs clinical seminars in the UK and abroad.


Venue: Online, via Zoom

Price: £15 

CPD: This event qualifies for 1.5 hours of CPD

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