Gender Dysphoria, Individuation and the Shadow with Bob Withers
C.G. Jung Club London
This Thursday evening event is offered by the C. G. Jung Club London and will take place in person and online.
The Club warmly welcomes anyone with and interest in Jungian psychology and related fields.
The Club was founded in 1922 by close associates of Carl Gustav Jung and continues today, building a community that explores Jung’s ideas and concepts.
Visit our website at www.jungclub-london.org
Our speaker for this evening is Bob Withers.
Bob will loosely base his talk on his chapter in the forthcoming book ‘Jung’s Shadow Concept’ edited by Christopher Perry and Rupert Tower. He will outline a way of conceptualising gender dysphoria that integrates Winnicott’s approach to the mind body relationship with Jung’s shadow concept. Bob will argue that gender dysphoria can be conceptualised as a dissociation between a disembodied mind, with which the person identifies, and shadow aspects of the self which are projected into the body.
Robert Withers is a training analyst with the SAP and former senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Westminster. In 1990 he co-founded The Rock Clinic- a charitable, community-based psychotherapy clinic in Brighton. His interest in transgender issues began in the early nineties when he worked analytically with a male to female to male (MtFtM) detransitioner. This experience alerted him to the vital importance of trans people thoroughly addressing their psychological issues before making permanent changes to their bodies. His 2015 paper ‘The Seventh Penis’ won the Michael Fordham prize
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