‘Being One’s Self’ – Sharon Numa and Guests

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Organised by:

The Melanie Klein Trust

20 January 2024

Time: 16:00 - 17:30

Price: £25

Location: online


Saturday 20th January 2024, 16:00-17:30 GMT/ LONDON TIME

The recently published book, ‘On Being One’s Self: Clinical Explorations in Identity from John Steiner’s Workshop’, edited by Sharon Numa explores the complex dimensions of the self and the formation of identity. A richly thought-provoking collection of papers by members of John Steiner’s long-running workshop the book examines how a stable identity can emerge in the analytic process.

Engaging clinical material forms the basis of the book, while Steiner’s workshop, underpinned by Kleinian theory, resonates through the chapters. Numa’s edited volume illuminates how an individual’s identity can feel deeply insecure or frail, and how lack of a sense a self can leave the psyche entangled in pathological organisations and defences.

Sharon Numa will join in conversation with John Steiner and several of the book’s contributors for a webinar exploring the many psychoanalytic questions and concepts relating to this fertile, engaging topic. The book will be introduced by Ron Britton and Anne Patterson, editor of the New Library of Psychoanalysis Series.

The event will be chaired by Susan Lawrence.

Dr Sharon Numa is a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society
The panel contributors include Anne Amos, Caroline Garland, Orna Hadary and Michael Mercer

Praise for the book:

‘This book leads us right to the germinal centre of psychoanalytic thinking. It gives a vivid account of John Steiner’s postgraduate workshop where experienced colleagues work together for many years to share and discuss their clinical experiences and create new models for their understanding. The contributions by renowned analysts invite the reader to share the unique atmosphere of the seminars and to witness nascent new theory about the basic concept of identity.’ – Prof. Dr. Heinz Weiss

I strongly recommend this rich and satisfying collection, a fit homage to Steiner’s influence and originality.’ – Ignês Sodré

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