Why Don’t Psychotherapists Laugh? Enjoyment and the Consulting Room

june, 2017

06jun8:15 pm10:00 pmEvent OverCancelledWhy Don't Psychotherapists Laugh? Enjoyment and the Consulting RoomSpeaker : Ann Shearer

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Whatever may be happening in the privacy of the consulting room, the whole area of humour, enjoyment and lightness of heart, is relatively rarely discussed in the depth psychology literature, where mourning and loss, anger and hatred, remain the perennial preoccupations. This talk wonders what fuels such a persistent bias towards the tragic, what this might tell us about the development of psychotherapy’s persona, and how it might affect   therapeutic practice.  Are psychotherapists missing something here?   ‘Ordinary people’ have known since time began about the importance of humour in weathering life’s vicissitudes, healing its tragic wounds and even enabling physical and psychological survival.  The talk will draw on philosophical understandings and historical examples of humour to explore its psychological purposes, comforts and savageries, and to relate these to the consulting room. If therapists can bring a little  more humour into the solemnities of their art, it suggests, then perhaps their patients will be encouraged  in turn to re-find enjoyment in a world that may now seem nothing but bleak.

Biography:  Ann Shearer is a senior member and past Convenor of IGAP and lives in London. She teaches both in the UK and internationally, and for 10 years visited St Petersburg  as a supervisor and seminar leader in the IAAP training.    She has written many book chapters and journal articles, with a particular interest in the relevance of mythology to psychology, and more recently in  the  psychology of  restorative process.  Her 10 books include Athene: Image and Energy; From Ancient Myth to Modern Healing : Themis, goddess of heart-soul, justice and reconciliation ( with Pamela Donleavy) ; and  in 2016, Why Don’t Psychotherapists Laugh? Enjoyment and the Consulting Room.

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