10-18-19 Sarah Nettleton Presents Christopher Bollas' Theory of Idiom, Self and Character

October 18, 2019, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Sarah Nettleton, M.A. Presents:

 Christopher Bollas' Theory of Idiom, Self and Character
Friday, October 18, 2019
6:30 - 8:30 pm (1.5 CME/CE)

 Presentation:
Christopher Bollas’ writings cover a wide field, including psychoanalytic theory, psychopathology and clinical technique. He has also applied his psychoanalytic thinking to areas such as literature, architecture, history, social anthropology and politics. This paper will focus on one aspect of his work, in which he puts under the microscope our ordinary experience as human beings. He defines three familiar terms in particular ways: ‘idiom’ is the irreducible, defining kernel of the individual; ‘self’ refers to the network of relationships that exists within our internal world; and ‘character’ involves what happens when the two selves meet. By exploring these three interrelated aspects, we hope to arrive at an enriched conceptual vocabulary with which to consider the nature of the human subjectivity that underlies all the phenomena we encounter in the consulting room.

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