Book launch of the first English translation of The Unconscious Body Image

Organised by:

British Psychotherapy Foundation

10 March 2023

Time: 18:00 - 20:00

Price: Free event


Freud Museum
20 Maresfield Gardens

United Kingdom

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Launch of The Unconscious Body Image (Routledge 2023) – the first English translation, by Sharmini Bailly, of the key French psychoanalytic text, ‘L’image Inconsciente du Corps’ by Françoise Dolto. This will take place at the Freud Museum at 6 pm – 8 pm on the 10th of March 2023. Sham Bailly will be present and Francoise Dolto’s daughter, Catherine Dolto, who has supported the project, hopes also to be. Drinks will be served and there will be some copies of the book available for purchase at a discounted price. Everyone is welcome, no tickets needed, but we would be grateful if you would RSVP the organiser.

About the book and its author:
Françoise Dolto (1908 – 1988), was perhaps France’s best known child psychoanalyst and paediatrician, who had a regular radio programme on the French national broadcast station France Inter and made many appearances on television and in print. The Unconscious Body Image is the most important of her publications and sets out her unique psychoanalytic perspective of child development. She describes how unconsciously held mental images of the body in interaction with the developing infant’s primary caregivers impact upon the subject’s feelings and ideas of themself, and how in turn these unconscious images impact upon the body’s functioning. Dolto’s view of bodily functioning as communicative language has major implications in psychosomatics, and her ideas about psychic castrations at each developmental stage fills a significant gap in psychoanalytic understanding of the mental integration of social laws. We hope this book will become a key text for psychoanalysts and psychotherapists in practice and in training, particularly those working with children and families.

Translator and general editor Sharmini Bailly is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist based in Essex. Her previous books include The Lacan Tradition (Routledge 2018).

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