The Conscious Id: Implications for Clinical Practice

Freud was the first researcher in psychoanalysis. Having started from neurological research, he turned to clinical practice and thus created a prodigious long process – “research agency”. He studied for his entire life, the hypothesis of the psychic apparatus, the unconscious and the id: the original theory, called ‘metapsychology’ where the references to (psycho) sexual are inscribed. Freud designates the sexual, the libidinal, as what untangles knowledge. His successors inherited, elaborated and enriched Freudian conceptual, theoretical and clinical apparatus. 

Mark Solms, psychoanalyst and professor of neuropsychology, felt and defended the necessity of research in order to obtain a more balanced assessment of the role of psychoanalysis in a contemporary arsenal of treatments; potentially increasing its acceptance by the broader mental health and medicine communities. He therefore became the ambassador of the Freudian theory to the neuroscientific world by creating the neuropsychoanalysis field of research.

In this webinar, Mark Solms will present his work on the conscious id and help us to examine several crucial questions:

1. What are the consequences of Mark’s proposal for psychoanalytic metapsychology and for the dialogue with other disciplines?
2. What are the consequences of the proposal for psychoanalytic practice?
3. What place do we want psychoanalysis to occupy in the contemporary scientific world?

We have invited Professor David Tuckett and Dr Ricardo Bernardi to discuss with him and with all of us. Attendees may wish to read The Conscious Id by Mark Solms (Neuropsychoanalysis, volume 15, 2013) and The Neurobiological Underpinnings of Psychoanalytic Theory and Therapy by Mark Solms ahead of the webinar.

Mark Solms – Professor Mark Solms is Director of Neuropsychology at the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (South Africa) and Honorary Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists. He is co-Chair (with Cristina Alberini) of the International Neuropsychoanalysis Society, Chair of Research for the International Psychoanalytical Association and Science Director of the American Psychoanalytic Association. He has authored over 300 articles and 8 books; his collected papers were published in 2017 as The Feeling Brain. 

Ricardo Bernardi – Distinguished member (“Miembro de Honor”) and Training Analyst of the Uruguayan Psychoanalytical Association (APU). Medical Doctor. Psychiatrist (National University of Uruguay). Master in Psychoanalysis (APU, Uruguay), PhD in Psychology (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina). Researcher of the National Agency for Research and Innovation (ANII, Uruguay). Full member of the National Academy of Medicine, Uruguay. Professor Emeritus at the School of Medicine, Uruguay, Visiting Professor at the University of Ulm, Germany (1996), and at the University College of London (2004, 2005, 2006) and “2016 International Scholar”, Columbia University Centre for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. Former Regional Editor of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis. Recipient of the Mary S. Sigourney Award for Major Contribution to Psychoanalysis (1999), International Journal of Psychoanalysis Best Paper Award (2003), Latin American Psychoanalytic Federation (FEPAL) Award (1992) and Gold Medal Award of the Faculty of Medicine (National University of Uruguay, 1969). Bernardi is Vice-Chair of the IPA Research Committee and advisor of the Clinical Observation Committee. Publications in several languages. 
If you are unable to attend the live session, but would like to receive a recording, please continue to register and a recording will automatically be emailed to you after the live session has ended.
Please note: this webinar will be in English.

David Tuckett – Fellow of the British Institute of Psychoanalysis, a Training Analyst and currently Professor and Director of the Centre for the Study of Decision-Making Uncertainty at University College London (UCL). He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Kiel  Institute for the World Economy and Principal Investigator of the UKRI CRUISSE (Confronting Radical Uncertainty in Science, Society and the Environment) network. He works part-time in private psychoanalytic practice, was President of the European Psychoanalytic  Federation (1999-2004), Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis (1988-2001), founder of the New Library of Psychoanalysis (1987), Chair of the EPF Working Party on Comparative Clinical Methods (2001-2011) and a 2007 winner of the Sigourney  Award for his contributions to psychoanalysis. He is CEO of Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing (PEP) which won the Sigourney Award in 2018 and is the author of books and articles including Does Anything Go (IJP, 2005), Inside and Outside the Window (IJP, 2011),  Minding the Markets (Palgrave, 2011), Phantastic Objects and the Financial Market’s Sense of Reality (IJP, 2008), The Role of Conviction and Narrative in Decision-Making under Uncertainty (Theory and Psychology, 2017) and Psychoanalysis Comparable and  Incomparable (2008).

If you are unable to attend the live session, but would like to receive a recording, please continue to register and a recording will automatically be emailed to you after the live session has ended.

Please note: this webinar will be in English.