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

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

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Unfortunately this event has been unavoidably postponed 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.


Tuesday June 6, 2017, 8:15 pm 8:15pm - 10:00pm(GMT+01:00)

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