Myth and Fairy Tale

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Μύθος και παραμύθι

Conference announcement


March 16-18 2018, ξενοδοχείο Divani Palace Acropolis

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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

Conference Modules

  • The analytical session as a fairy tale
  • The analyst’s contribution to the unfolding of the personal myth. The symbolic function of the object
  • Fairy tale and dream in psychoanalytic psychotherapy
  • The therapeutic function of fairy tale and art
  • The fairy tale as an intangible transitional object / space
  • The idealization in the fairy tale or the myth of idealization
  • Intercultural therapeutic approach and national myths
  • Mental disorder in a family member. The collapse of the family myth
  • The myth of perfect beauty in eating disorders
  • The function of personal myth as the core of early fantasies
  • The dynamics of autobiography in the analytical process

Conference Registration

Those interested in attending the Conference are invited to complete and submit in a timely manner to the Organizing Committee of the Conference the Registration Form accompanied by proof of payment of participation costs. Registrations will be considered complete only if both documents have been received.

Proof of payment should be sent to the email  of the Organizational Comitee

Conference Cost

  To 29/1/2018 From 30/1/2018 and so on
Psychotherapists, Psychoanalysts, Child Psychiatrists, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Other Mental Health Professionals, Other Specialties 120 euro



140 euro
Students, association trainees 70 euro 80 euro
Group Registration (10 people and over) 90 euro  

Note :

  • Students and trainees of Scientific Associations must present their student ID / certificate from the Educational Institution upon receipt of the conference material at the Administration
  • Group registrations involve groups of at least 10 people. Each group appoints a person responsible for collecting the entry forms and the payment which should be made no later than 29/1/2018

The right to participate covers: Attendance of the scientific program, printed material and cd with the summaries of the speeches, certificate of attendance, coffee / soft drink during breaks

The registered participants will receive the file with the material on 16/3/2018 from the Administration that will operate continuously at the Conference. New registrations will be made if there are vacancies .


Any cancellation of participation must be notified in writing to the Organizing Committee In this case the return of the participation right will be done as follows

Date of cancelation                       Refundable amount

To 16/2/2018                                           50% of the amount paid

From 17/2/2018 and on                               no refund


Those wishing to participate in the Conference   with a work presentation (free announcement, participation in a scientific table) must submit a summary of 350-400 words up to 29/1/2018 to the email address

Language: The official language of the conference is Greek. The texts of the foreign language presentations will be displayed on the screen translated, at the same time as their presentation by the speakers


Hellenic Association of Children and Adolescents Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (HACAPP)

Information and expression of interest

On the webpage of the Hellenic Association of Children and Adolescents Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy  to the email of the Organizing Committee and on Facebook