Myth and Fairy Tale

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Μύθος και παραμύθι

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March 16-18 2018, ξενοδοχείο Divani Palace Acropolis

The aim of the conference is   to be a   space   of dialogue and exchange of thoughts and reflections in relation to the connection of psychoanalysis with the function of myths and fairy tales. As early as 1910, Freud, using the myth of Oedipus, emphasizes the inseparable relationship between mythology and psychoanalysis, while his reference to “mythical and historical” times is well known, distinguishing the unconscious from the conscious functions.

The Myth, always present in all times and places of human existence, was, among other things, an attempt to interpret the universe   , human nature and the forces that control it. In a symbolic way and through the archetypes of its structure, it metabolizes anxieties, passions and the inexplicable, transforming them into culture. Related to the Myth but also differentiated, the Fairy Tale as it is passed from generation to generation is the connecting web of each community   , a single nucleus of community evolution over time, offering the audience the “fairy tale”, the consolation. Narrator and audience through a constant interaction, using constant patterns and shaping new ones, preserve the memory and give the fairy tale its own historicity. Passing effortlessly from humans to animals and plants with an animistic, symbolic function they try to give meaning to the mental evolution and the conflicts that it presupposes.

In psychoanalysis and clinical practice the exploitation of Myths and Fairy Tales has always been active. In an attempt to explore the unconscious several times mythical archetypes come to symbolize impulses and conflicts, the relationship with the self and the object. Let us not forget that the therapist and the patient try to form their own narrative towards the “mythical monsters” of the unconscious, through the dream, the free association, the game but also through the “reading” of the transference – anti-transference movements.

In 1897 Freud wrote to Fliess  : one understands why Oedipus the Tyrant   highlights an impulse that we all recognize, because we all feel within us the traces of its existence.

 Invited speakers

Aggelopoulou Anna , Social Anthropologist, Psychoanalyst Sorbonne II Paris

Georgousopoulos Kostas , Author – Critic, Honorary Doctor of the University of Athens

Katrinaki Emmanuella, Dr. of Social Anthropology

Rustin Margaret, Honorary Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Center, Child Analyst and Clinical Associate of the British Psychoanalytical Society

Rustin Michael, Professor of Sociology at the University of East London, Visiting Professor at the Tavistock Center and at the University of Essex, Associate of the British Psychoanalytical Society Continue reading “Myth and Fairy Tale”

Adolescence and Psychotic Phenomena

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Adolescence & Psychotic Phenomena

The Hellenic Association of Child & Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (HACAPP) organized a conference on the topic of:
on April 4-6, 2014, in Athens,Divani Acropolis Palace Hotel.

Invited lecturers:

Margot Waddell, Fellow of the British Institute of Psychoanalysis, Consultant Child Psychotherapist in the Adolescent Dept. of Tavistock Clinic, London

Lut de Rijd, Psychoanalyst, Teaching member of the Belgian School of Psychoanalysis, Ηead of the intensive residential Psychotherapy for Adolescents, UPC-KU Leuven.

Luc Moyson, Trainer and Supervisor in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy of Leuven University, Belgium, Former Chair of the EFPP, Team coordinator in the Intensive Residential Psychotherapy for Adolescents, UPC-KU Leuven.

Greek lecturers:

Participating Associations: Hellenic Psychoanalytic Association (H.P.A.), Hellenic Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (H.A.P.P.), Cyprus Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (C.A.P.P.), Hellenic Association of Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (H.A.C.A.P.P.).


M. Waddell(UK)The time of the stranger: A psychoanalytic look at adolescence and the complex relationships between development and borderline situations in the teenage years.

Abstract: This paper addresses the relationship between the various kinds of learning that take place during adolescence – the contrast between the balance or inbalance of those that Bion designated as learning from experience, or as learning about things, between K and -K. There can be a genuinely exploratoy and developmental purpose to the acquisition of knowledge, on the one hand, and a more questionable use, in terms of the motives and function of that knowledge, on the other. Through a number of clinical examples, the paper traces the factors that bear upon the internal relationship of the emotional and psychological experiences of early development and the external reality of the culture and circumstances of the transitional years. Both have a powerful bearing on the outcome of the adolescent years – whether developmentally stable, or pathologically disturbed.

L. deRijd (BΕ)How “crazy” is a madman? Psychoanalytic psychotherapy with psychotic adolescents.

Abstract: During adolescence psychosis is often closely related to adolescent development. This makes it very difficult to differentiate between an adolescent breakdown with psychotic symptoms and a structural psychosis. For that reason psychotic symptoms should be taken as a starting point for psychoanalytic psychotherapy to prevent, if possible, that the breakdown gets fixated into a more enduring psychosis and positive development is impeded. The dynamic view of psychopathology Klein and her followers, particularly Bion have, stating that psychotic and non-psychotic parts of the personality exist together in every individual, is very helpful here. Also important in the understanding of adolescent psychopathology is Bion’s thesis that psychosis develops when reality is too painful to be contained. For an adolescent, confrontation with incestuous wishes in a physically mature body can be too threatening to think about, so that a disorder of thought will result. Psychotherapy should aim at helping the adolescent to ‘think’ a painful reality. Some clinical vignettes will be given to demonstrate this.

L.Moyson(BΕ)Shame and scandal in the family: Working with families of hospitalized teenagers.

Abstract: Involving families in an in-patient treatment of adolescents is an absolute must. In my contribution, I would like to highlight some important shifts in the psychoanalytic thought process that influenced our work with families. I want to show how we approach the family intakes. As such, I will depict the therapeutic framework within which we develop our psychoanalytic approach and cover the quintessential place of the family therein. I will illustrate how the different team members work with the relatives of our identified patients. The choices that we made will be descibed as well as their consequences for our daily practice. In our work with parents and families, we are confronted with intense countertranference feelings and reactions, including the risks that these evoke. Clinical material will be used as illustration. Continue reading “Adolescence and Psychotic Phenomena”