Friday, 1 January 2016

Locked Up: 'Patients' and their Gaolers. 13. Rosina Bulwer Lytton. Sarah Wise conducts Inner Circle 229 (9 October 2016)

Locked Up: ‘Patients’ and their Gaolers
13. Rosina Bulwer Lytton
(1802–1882)
Wife of Edward Bulwer Lytton
‘The first mistake I made was being born at all’
Sarah Wise
Rosina Bulwer Lytton
née Rosina Doyle Wheeler
4 November 1802 – 12 March 1882

     

























Sarah Wise
conducts Inner Circle Seminar No. 229
introduced by Anthony Stadlen
Sunday 9 October 2016
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Venue:   Durrants Hotel, 26–32 George StreetMarylebone, London W1H 5BJ
Cost:    Psychotherapy trainees £120, others £150, some bursaries; coffee, tea, biscuits, mineral water included; payable in advance; no refunds or transfers unless seminar cancelled
Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra Avenue, London N22 7XE
                  Tel: +44 (0) 20 8888 6857     E-mail: stadlen@aol.com
For further information on seminars, visit: http://anthonystadlen.blogspot.com/

The Inner Circle Seminars were founded by Anthony Stadlen in 1996 as an ethical, existential, phenomenological search for truth in psychotherapy. They have been kindly described by Thomas Szasz as ‘Institute for Advanced Studies in the Moral Foundations of Human Decency and Helpfulness’. But they are independent of all institutes, schools and colleges.

Existential Pioneers. 22. Shoma Morita. Peg LeVine conducts Inner Circle Seminar 228 (11 September 2016)


Existential Pioneers
22. Shoma Morita
(1874-1938)
His original method of psychotherapy
and his theory of peripheral consciousness
Shoma Morita
(Image gifted to LeVine from Sato)
Peg LeVine   Takahisa Kora   Akihisa Kondo

Peg LeVine






Peg LeVine
conducts
Inner Circle Seminar No. 228
introduced by
Anthony Stadlen
Sunday 11 September 2016
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Venue: Durrants Hotel, 26–32 George Street, Marylebone, London W1H 5BJ

Cost:    Psychotherapy trainees £120, others £150, some bursaries; coffee, tea, biscuits, mineral water included; payable in advance; no refunds or transfers unless seminar cancelled

Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra AvenueLondon N22 7XE
Tel:  +44 (0) 20 8888 6857  +44 (0) 7809 433 250  E-mail: stadlen@aol.com

For further information on seminars, visit: http://anthonystadlen.blogspot.com/

The Inner Circle Seminars were founded by Anthony Stadlen in 1996 as an ethical, existential, phenomenological search for truth in psychotherapy. They have been kindly described by Thomas Szasz as ‘Institute for Advanced Studies in the Moral Foundations of Human Decency and Helpfulness’. But they are independent of all institutes, schools and colleges.

Meditations on Time. Raymond Tallis conducts Inner Circle Seminar 227 (10 July 2016)

Raymond Tallis
Meditations on Time

Raymond Tallis
conducts Inner Circle Seminar No. 227
introduced by Anthony Stadlen
Sunday 10 July 2016
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Professor Raymond Tallis has given two of our best loved and remembered Inner Circle Seminars. He himself kindly confirms that our seminar structure, in which dialogue is of the essence, enables him to communicate and reflect on his ideas. In his third seminar, today, he will continue to examine aspects of the nature of time. To prompt the discussion, he will give a series of short (15-20 minute) talks during the day on five topics, which he summarises as follows:

The Study of Time
Is there a metaphysics of time? Does physics offer the last word on time? “Killing time”: from lived time to ‘little t’.

Static and Dynamic Time
Is there such a thing as the passage of time? “Now” as a “moving spotlight” and as a “growing point”. Is time a dimension? Spatialisation of time: static time.

Time Travel
What is time travel? The troubled journey of the time traveller. The difficulty of arrival. The necessary impotence of the time traveller.

Some Thoughts on Lived Time
Reflections on “Now”, on the reality of the past, and on whether the future is open or closed. The nature of tensed time. Human freedom and tensed time. Events as tense tourists.

The Idea of Eternity
Different conceptions of eternity: everlastingness; timelessness; the intersection between time and eternity.


Raymond Tallis was a Professor of Geriatric Medicine and consultant physician in Health Care of the Elderly. He has published 200 research articles in the neurology of old age and neurological rehabilitation, as well as a novel, short stories, three volumes of poetry, and 23 books on philosophy of mind, philosophical anthropology, literary theory, the nature of art, and cultural criticism. He has received many awards and honorary degrees. In 2009, the Economist listed him as one of the world’s 20 leading polymaths.

Venue: Durrants Hotel, 26–32 George Street, Marylebone, London W1H 5BJ
Cost: Psychotherapy trainees £120, others £150, some bursaries; coffee, tea, biscuits, mineral water included; payable in advance; no refunds or transfers unless seminar cancelled
Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra Avenue, London N22 7XE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8888 6857  +44 (0) 7809 433 250    E-mail: stadlen@aol.com

For further information on seminars, visit: http://anthonystadlen.blogspot.com/

The Inner Circle Seminars were founded by Anthony Stadlen in 1996 as an ethical, existential, phenomenological search for truth in psychotherapy. They have been kindly described by Thomas Szasz as ‘Institute for Advanced Studies in the Moral Foundations of Human Decency and Helpfulness’. But they are independent of all institutes, schools and colleges.

Laing & Esterson. 5. The Edens. 50 years on (Inner Circle Seminar 226, 14 February 2016)



R. D. Laing
Hilary Mantel
Aaron Esterson




            
         
Laing and Esterson
Sanity, Madness and the Family
50 Years On
Family 5: The Edens

Dame Hilary Mantel
Anthony Stadlen
conduct
Inner Circle Seminar No. 226
Sunday 26 June 2016
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hilary Mantel

We believe that the shift of point of view that these descriptions both embody and demand has an historical significance no less radical than the shift from a demonological to a clinical viewpoint three hundred years ago.

Thus, in Sanity, Madness and the Family: Families of Schizophrenics (1964), R. D. Laing and Aaron Esterson introduced their revolutionary descriptions of eleven families of ‘schizophrenics’. But fifty years on, there has been no shift: the ‘clinical viewpoint’ still reigns supreme. Psychiatrists and psychotherapists (even ‘existential’ ones) tend to be more ‘clinical’ than ever.

Laing and Esterson wrote: ‘Nobody can deny us the right to disbelieve in schizophrenia.’ But most psychiatrists and psychotherapists falsely allege that Laing and Esterson said: ‘Families cause schizophrenia’.

Dame Hilary Mantel wrote that the simple words the people speak’ in Laing and Estersons book gave her, at 20, the courage to write her own books. Her introductions to the seminars in this series have enthralled participants.

Anthony Stadlen continues to interview the eleven families in the twenty-first century.

Ruby Edenis one of only two still living of the eleven so-called schizophrenics. Today, we explore the history of Ruby Eden’ and her family in the light of Stadlens discussions with Ruby and her family.

Venue: Durrants Hotel, 26–32 George Street, Marylebone, London W1H 5BJ
Cost: Psychotherapy trainees £120, others £150, some bursaries; coffee, tea, biscuits, mineral water included; payable in advance; no refunds or transfers unless seminar cancelled
Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra Avenue, London N22 7XE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8888 6857   +44 (0) 7809 433 250    E-mail: stadlen@aol.com
For further information on seminars, visit: http://anthonystadlen.blogspot.com/

The Inner Circle Seminars were founded by Anthony Stadlen in 1996 as an ethical, existential, phenomenological search for truth in psychotherapy. They have been kindly described by Thomas Szasz as ‘Institute for Advanced Studies in the Moral Foundations of Human Decency and Helpfulness’. But they are independent of all institutes, schools and colleges.

Shakespeare, Freud, and Seduction. Inner Circle Seminar 224 (17 April 2016)

William Shakespeare
Sigmund Freud
Shakespeare, Freud, and Seduction

For the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death
(23 April 1616)
and the 120th anniversary of Freud’s double announcement
of the ‘seduction theory’ and of ‘psychoanalysis’
to the Society for Psychiatry and Neurology in Vienna
(21 April 1896)
and the 20th anniversary of the first Inner Circle Seminar
held on the 100th anniversary of Freud’s lecture
(21 April 1996)
                                                                                              
Anthony Stadlen
conducts Inner Circle Seminar No. 224
Sunday 17 April 2016
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Twenty years ago, Anthony Stadlen gave a seminar which examined Freud’s ‘seduction theory’, on the hundredth anniversary of the lecture in which he announced it. Here is the announcement of that seminar, which became the first Inner Circle Seminar:

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‘THE STONES SPEAK!

FREUDS SEDUCTION THEORY
AND THE BIRTH OF PSYCHOANALYSIS

21 APRIL 1896 – 21 APRIL 1996

ANTHONY STADLEN
CONDUCTS
AN ALL-DAY SEMINAR
ON THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF FREUD’S DOUBLE ANNOUNCEMENT
OF THE ‘SEDUCTION THEORY’ AND OF ‘PSYCHOANALYSIS’
TO THE SOCIETY FOR PSYCHIATRY AND NEUROLOGY IN VIENNA

Sunday 21 April 1996
Morning 10-1  Afternoon 2-5

Freud in his lecture of 21 April 1896 announced a new method: ‘psychoanalysis’. He claimed it revealed ‘repressed’ memories of childhood sexual abuse in 100% of adult ‘hysterics’. This was his ‘seduction theory’.

Anthony Stadlen has for nearly two decades conducted historical research on Freud’s case-histories. He will present some of his unpublished research findings and invite the seminar to discuss what light they throw on Freud’s seduction theory and subsequent retraction. He will invite participants to join him in examining false reasoning both in Freud and in the later literature on the seduction theory. He will propose for discussion an existential seduction theory renewing Freud’s vision a hundred years later.

‘The authority on Freud’s original “seduction” theory, its genesis and its ultimate fate, is surely Anthony Stadlen of the Freud Museum in London.’
John Kerr (1993) A Most Dangerous Method   

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In this 1996 seminar, we investigated just what Freud’s theory had been, and what exactly were his grounds for subsequently retracting it. A number of internationally known Freud scholars, psychoanalysts, and existential therapists participated; and there was lively dispute about these complex and difficult matters. I argued that the so-called ‘seduction theory’ was rudimentarily interpersonal, while his ‘Oedipal’ retraction of it was ‘intrapsychic’; but both were quasi-medical, natural-scientistic. In the afternoon I tried to lay foundations for an existential seduction theory, starting with analysis of the serpent’s seduction of Eve in the Bible.

In todays seminar, twenty years on, we note that the ‘seduction theory’ has reached the Biblical age of one hundred and twenty. Today, we shall continue to examine the historical circumstances of Freuds announcement and retraction of the theory, and their relevance for our practice today. We shall also renew our existential quest, by reexamining the Biblical story of Eve and the serpent; but also, for the four-hundredth anniversary of Shakespeares death, by exploring Iago’s serpent-like insinuation to Othello that Desdemona was unfaithful. 

We shall link these ‘bewitchments of intelligence by means of language’ (Wittgenstein) with the mystifications we have been studying in Laing and Esterson’s investigations of families of ‘schizophrenics’.

The question we shall struggle with in the seminar is: What is seduction? If each person is free, what does it mean for one person to seduce (lead astray, tempt) another? In the primal seduction recorded in the Bible, that of Eve by the serpent, we see the linguistic techniques the serpent uses to mystify and confuse Eve; but God does not accept her defence that the serpent beguiled her, or Adams that she offered him the fruit. They are not children, but responsible adults. Was Shakespeare's Othello responsible for letting Iago seduce him into seeing Desdemona as unfaithful? Were the women labelled schizophrenic in Laing and Estersons Sanity, Madness and the Family responsible for allowing their families to mystify and invalidate them?

We shall reconsider these archetypal seduction scenes, as well as Freuds 1896 accounts of what he later called seduction of children by adults, though in his original so-called (by us, not him) seduction theory papers of 1896 he called assaultsattacksabuse. He later approvingly quoted his colleague and pupil Abraham as saying that children seek their own traumatisation. This set the scene for the psychoanalytic blaming and invalidating the victim that continued throughout most of the twentieth century.

But many psychotherapists, even existential ones, in trying to sympathise with the abused child, do not understand any better the real responsibility of the child, and so patronise both child and adult. Of course, there is no question of suggesting that the child is responsible for the adults crime. But the child is, at least sometimes, tempted, seduced, into an ethical self-mystification in order to save the image of the abusing adult as loving, truthful, and good. The recognition and recovery of shame and guilt, a child-appropriate shame and guilt, at having betrayed oneself by thus acting on ones own experience, even as a child, is crucial. It is vitally important that the therapist should understand and not invalidate this. The childs self-destructive and self-invalidating act is captured in Mallarmés wonderful line (from Prose pour des Esseintes) that so impressed Laing: Lenfant abdique son extase (The child abdicates her ecstasy). Abdication is an action, and the child can only achieve rebirth from this existential suicide by acknowledging it as such, maybe decades later as an adult. This, at any rate, is the thesis I shall propose for discussion. The heart of the Inner Circle Seminars is dialogue and debate, greatly valued by regular participants. Your contribution will be warmly welcomed.

Venue:   ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra AvenueLondon N22 7XE
Cost:    Psychotherapy trainees £120, others £150, some bursaries; coffee, tea, biscuits, mineral water included; payable in advance; no refunds or transfers unless seminar cancelled
Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra Avenue, London N22 7XE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8888 6857  +44 (0) 7809 433 250
E-mail: stadlen@aol.com
For further information on seminars, visit: http://anthonystadlen.blogspot.com/
The Inner Circle Seminars were founded by Anthony Stadlen in 1996 as an ethical, existential, phenomenological search for truth in psychotherapy. They have been kindly described by Thomas Szasz as ‘Institute for Advanced Studies in the Moral Foundations of Human Decency and Helpfulness’. But they are independent of all institutes, schools and colleges.

Professor Sir Christopher Zeeman FRS has died


Professor Sir Christopher Zeeman FRS

The great mathematician and inspiring teacher Professor Sir Christopher Zeeman FRS, died on 13 February 2016, at the age of 91.

Professor Sir Christopher Zeeman FRS
Portrait by Peter Edwards, 2007
Professor Zeeman conducted the marvellous Inner Circle Seminar No. 169, Mathematics and Human Action: Reducing the arbitrariness of the metaphor in the human sciences, on 6 November 2011 at Durrants Hotel, London. He convincingly showed that such qualitative mathematical disciplines as catastrophe theory can illuminate the existential phenomenology of human action (though he did not, and would not have, put it in quite these words). He also exposed, by comparison, what he characterised as gibberish’ – pseudo-science and pseudo-mathematics – in the social sciences and psychotherapy theory. He will surely be mourned by all who were at that seminar, as well as by thousands of his colleagues and students round the world. He said his interests were people and mathematics, in that order, when he supervised me in Cambridge between 1959 and 1961; and all my meetings with him over the next half-century confirmed this. He was a true mathematician but above all a true mensch.

See the Guardian obituary by his colleague Ian Stewart at:


The Daily Telegraph also had a good obituary.

Anthony Stadlen (20 March 2016)

... thinking again of Zeeman’s inspiring seminar, if it wasn’t for characters like him academia would be irredeemable.
Andy Salt, philosophy student (27 February 2012)

Heidegger’s Zollikon Seminars. A 50th-anniversary revaluation. 7. Seminar of 1 and 3 March 1966. Inner Circle Seminar 223 (6 March 2016)


Martin Heidegger
at home in Freiburg
Heideggers Zollikon Seminars

A 50th-anniversary revaluation


7. Seminar of 1 and 3 March 1966


‘Unburdening and burdening are possible only through the human beings ecstatic being-outstretched

Martin Heidegger and Medard Boss
on the Feldweg south of Messkirch

Anthony Stadlen
conducts
Inner Circle Seminar No. 223
Sunday 6 March 2016
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Between 1959 and 1969 the German philosopher Martin Heidegger conducted seminars for psychiatrists in the Swiss psychiatrist Medard Bosss house in Zollikon near Zürich. Fifty years later almost to the day, in the seventh of our subseries of Inner Circle Seminars recapitulating Heideggers Zollikon seminars, we focus on his seminar of 1 and 3 March 1966, after which there is a gap of three years until the last recorded seminar, on 18 and 21 March 1969.

Heidegger’s seminars in Zollikon fifty years ago were contemporary with the epochmaking work of Szasz in The Myth of Mental Illness in Syracuse NY and of Laing and Esterson in Sanity, Madness and the Family and Esterson in The Leaves of Spring in London. The deep connection between these three foci of revolution in thinking on interpersonal relations and psychotherapy has never, until now, been adequately explored; but our seminars are revealing, for the first time, their underlying unity.

Our seminars are about the same length as Heidegger’s. Like his, they are in four parts; though in his case these are spread over two weekday evenings and in ours over one Sunday.

On 1 March 1966, Boss compares the seminars to a kind of group therapy intended to enable a more adequate view of the nature of being human. As in Freudian analysis, resistance has arisen, in the form of the objection that Daseinsanalysis is anti-scientific: first, because Heideggers discussion of natural science is (allegedly) valid only for classical, not nuclear, physics; second, because psychotherapy is in any case not a procedure like physics.

Heidegger questions whether the seminars are a cure. He recalls that semen’ means a seed, and hopes these evenings may succeed in strewing a seed that will come up here and there. He says a philosophical seminar is always in the situation of Socrates, who said that what is most difficult is always to say the same thing about the same thing.

He now repeats his explanation that physics objectifies nature, and argues that this is even more so for nuclear than for classical physics. Heisenbergs Uncertainty Principle does not change this.

Heidegger demonstrates how a discussion of stress in a journal of psychosomatic medicine is couched in the objectifying language of physics. He discusses how this negative critique can become a positive one by showing how the language of his own Being and Time can open up the discourse on stress in a way appropriate to human science. He quotes Hölderlin: ... we are a conversation.’ ‘Stress’, he stresses, makes sense only as part of this conversation, whether as a burdening or an unburdening.

On 3 March, Heidegger reiterates that stressbelongs to the constitution of human existence determined by thrownness, understanding, and language. He discusses Plügges account in the psychosomatic journal of being stressed y the sound of his neighbours children but not his own. Heidegger summarises his paradigmatic daseinsanalytic opening up of the concept of stress’ in the sentence: ‘Unburdening and burdening are possible only through the human being’s ecstatic being-outstretched.’ In our own seminar we shall try to do justice to what he means.

Psychotherapists who have attended have declared these seminars revelatory for their practice and thinking. Most of us – even if we call ourselves existential therapists and phenomenologists – have been corrupted and confused by the ideology of scientism. In these seminars we strive, through dialogue, to do justice to Heideggers clarifying vision. If we cannot, then our therapy’ remains technological tinkering and our righteousness is as filthy rags.

Venue:  ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra AvenueLondon N22 7XE

Cost:  Psychotherapy trainees £120, others £150, some bursaries; coffee, tea, biscuits, mineral water included; payable in advance; no refunds or transfers unless seminar cancelled   

Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra AvenueLondon N22 7XE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8888 6857     E-mail: stadlen@aol.com

For further information on seminars, visit: http://anthonystadlen.blogspot.com/

The Inner Circle Seminars were founded by Anthony Stadlen in 1996 as an ethical, existential, phenomenological search for truth in psychotherapy. They have been kindly described by Thomas Szasz as ‘Institute for Advanced Studies in the Moral Foundations of Human Decency and Helpfulness’. But they are independent of all institutes, schools and colleges.