Society for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Sofia, Bulgaria invides you to
Bion and Thoughts Too Deep for Words
Psychoanalysis, Suggestion and the Language of the Unconscious
An online conference with Robert Caper
Friday, 09.04.21 – 19.00h – 21.00h (CET+1)
Saturday, 10.04.21 – 16.00 – 20.30 (CET+1)
What is the difference between psychoanalysis and suggestion? A patient, who is in some distress, makes a sizable investment of time and money in order to come to an authority holding out the promise of a cure. This authority has the prestige of an established professional discipline behind him or her, and may have been recommended to the patient by a trusted friend, family member or professional. The practice itself is unlike anything the patient has experienced in the past, and he or she is asked to give it the benefit of the doubt for some time. All of this sounds like a perfect set up for the practice of suggestion on a patient who is in pain and eager for anything that might bring relief.
How do we know that this is not precisely what happens in psychoanalysis (as many of its critics have held)? We will take up this question, and in the process of addressing it, will explore our psychoanalytic understanding of the nature suggestion, the origins of psychoanalysis in the practice of suggestion, and the not yet finished struggle of psychoanalysis to free itself from suggestion. We will then consider what psychoanalysis free of suggestion would look like, how psychoanalysis acts in its unique way to help patients cope with their psychological difficulties, and finally take up the status of psychoanalysis as an art and a science.
Using Bion’s ideas on containment, group functioning and the fundamental psychological need for truth, Robert Caper presents his thesis that psychoanalysis, amongst all psychological interventions, both has an unique claim to scientific status and a unique ability to foster psychological development.
“Bion and Thoughts Too Deep for Words: Psychoanalysis, Suggestion and the Language of the Unconscious will be of great interest to psychotherapists, psychologists and psychoanalysts who are interested in the relationship between psychoanalysis and suggestion.
During this conference Robert Caper will have two lectures with time for discussion, followed by a masterclass where he will use clinical material to illustrate some of his theoretical points.