Conversations About Authors: David Bell and Emma Staples Hotopf on Hanna Segal

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Melanie Klein Trust

15 January 2022

Time: 16:00 - 17:30

Price: £20

Location: online


This event on psychotic anxieties will explore Hanna Segal’s influential contribution to the understanding of severe disturbances of mental functioning and psychotic processes. There will be a discussion of two of Hanna Segal’s papers, linking the ideas they contain with contemporary clinical practice in psychoanalysis and psychiatry. Alongside her seminal clinical paper on the delusional system, Hanna Segal’s investigation of William Golding’s book ‘The Spire’ also addresses the omnipotent delusional state of mind. The conversation will focus on the way in which a delusional system can function as a defence against a catastrophic internal situation, with its origins in early trauma.

David Bell is a training and supervising analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society. An authority on Hanna Segal’s work, he edited Reason and Passion: A Celebration of the Work of Hanna Segal. He has worked extensively with patients with severe disturbance.

Emma Staples Hotopf is a fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society and consultant psychiatrist in psychotherapy. She is also Clinical Director of 10 Windsor Walk and Clinical Lead for the Self Harm Sevice at the Maudsley Hospital.

The event will be chaired by psychoanalyst Eileen McGinley

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