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Why don’t we worship Mickey Mouse? Reflections on cognition, the unconscious, collective processes and religious fundamentalism

Why don’t we worship Mickey Mouse? Reflections on cognition, the unconscious, collective processes and religious fundamentalism

In this presentation, I will explore the territory between doubt and fundamentalism- cognition, the unconscious, and socio-religious rituals and how they weave a complex web of influence around those who are fair game for the message of fundamentalist religious and politico-religious ideologies.

Areas of Interest / Categories: ANZAP 2015

ANZAP 2015

Youth Interrupted - Confusion, Diffusion and Belief Systems in Anorexia Nervosa

A Linguistic Approach to Poetics and Cohesion of Self in Therapeutic Conversation

In therapeutic conversation there is a co-construction of text by therapist and patient. The language of this therapeutic conversation is crucial: it is both the mode and evidence of intervention. This paper explores the language of the poetic in this context, which is associated with the non-linear, analogical, right-hemispheric form of language outlined in the Conversational Model (cf. Meares et al, 2012:27). This style of conversation is associated with a change in the form of consciousness and cohesion of self (Meares, 2012; Meares et al, 2012).

Affect, Authenticity and Analogical Relatedness: exploring Heidegger’s Eigentlichkeit and the Conversational Model

This paper examines a clinical case in which Heidegger’s work took a central role, where a confluence of Conversational Model and Heideggarian ideas assisted in a current engagement in psychotherapy. In this case, Heidegger’s work functioned in two modes. Firstly, as a shared play-space between my patient and I where analogical relatedness could develop. Secondly, Heidegger’s work also functioned as a literal model for being-in-the-world that over time became integrated into the conversation. This is an example of fit, intersubjectivity and fellow-feeling. Heidegger’s concept of existential authenticity (Eigentlichkeit) derives from that which is owned. If affect is innate, then it is arguable that this is the essence of that which is owned. By engaging with the affect of our patients we are engaging on a fundamentally authentic level.

Levinas’ ethics of alterity as a means to transcend psychoanalytic fundamentalism

Verbal arts, poetics and the silent legislation of thought

While verbal art has been regarded as the quintessential expression of what a community shares in a “collective consciousness”, equally it has been studied as the harbinger of experiential innovation. Language affords the chief source of interpersonal solidarity AND a semantic laboratory for what is incipient or even weird (outside the ken of ‘normal folk’).  This polarisation of functions can in some cases be explained by changes of artistic taste – mediaeval poetry in Europe was appreciated in terms of its ensemble of standard cultural motifs – e.g. roses, blood, courtesy… Other eras, like our own (in English, at least), have given value to novelty and invention, as well as to highly marked linguistic constructions. 

Utopia/Dystopia: the inner world of DID

Narcissism and the Borderline Condition