A psychodynamic discussion group


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Our next meeting . . .

These meetings are co-chaired by Jenny Sprince and Judith Trowell.  We hold wide-ranging discussions on whatever you wish to bring.   You can find the date of our next meeting here.

This group has been meeting weekly, alternating between Saturdays and Sundays.  However, with the ending of lockdown, we have felt the need to reclaim our weekends for the moment - and certainly over the Summer.  However, we will continue to meet on a monthly basis and we will be reconvening on Sunday September 10th at the new time of 5.30 - 7.00pm.

If you haven't joined us before, you'll need to send us an email here.  We'll give you membership of our private space, so that you can visit it any time to look at papers and articles that we've posted there.  And do please send us your own contributions. 

If you're already a member, you can reach our room here

You are welcome to join these meetings on an occasional basis:  there’s no obligation to commit yourself to regular attendance.   


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Jan McHugh


Just to say thank you to you Paul, particularly, for today's space to consider your paper and its relevance for the environment with which we are all grappling, and to Jenny and Judith for shepherding.

Best, Jan

Katarina Horrox


I was very grateful to have participated the in Psychosymposium yesterday. It offered me the possibility to become more in touch with my sense of despair, as well as the fear I have for my own potential for apathy and withdrawal. I have the sense that in recent days I have had waves of action and inaction, the inaction feeling particularly frightening. However, the conversation yesterday also offered me a sense of potential, perhaps both my own potential to act, as well as a shared potential in the the group. Thank you for facilitating that.

And this morning I read an article by Arundhati Roy, the last sentence of which resonated with the feelings that had carried over from the day before, which is what motivated me to share my thoughts here. She wrote: "We can choose to walk through [the pandemic], dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it."

Thank you for this, Katarina.  I have just read the article you quoted.  I think it's so important to fight, and not to become passive in the face of toxicity and an unacceptable 'normal'.  Psychoanalytic work aims to bring about change, after all:  helping individuals to move beyond narcissism, denial and despair into a state of mind where they can think about others as well as about themselves and collaborate in achieving what's best and most creative for everyone.    

The meeting on Saturday, inspired by Paul's passion and determination, reached a place where we were trying to think about how we could bring about change societally.  I would very much like to pursue these ideas. 

I was so pleased by the suggestion you made to me outside the meeting about setting up a group where we could learn to record interviews, discussions and presentations, and building up a video library on this Site that would help to make psychological understanding more accessible.  I hope that members of the Symposium will sign up to attend our first meeting - you can find out more about it here

In the service of overcoming the anxiety we all feel about exposing ourselves in this way, I've posted a version of a talk I gave a couple of years ago about the infantile phantasies that underpin growth capitalism.  You can find that here.



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