‘In the Style of…: From Creative Inhibition to Creative Imagination’

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British Psychotherapy Foundation

18 November 2023

Time: 11:00 - 12:30

Price: £25.00


This paper is about a photographer who struggled for decades to find his own style, and to overcome various creative inhibitions in his work, and in his life. Christine English will argue that the patient’s compulsive attempts to sanitise or prettify his work, mirrored an urgent need to idealise his experiences and relationships, which meant denying so much about his emotional life. The denial of aggression, and forestalling of mourning were central to the patient’s inhibitions. She hopes to show how in the course of a ten-year analysis, these obstacles to creativity were to a large extent worked through, resulting in the patient having far greater creative freedom.

About the speaker

Christine English is a child/adolescent and adult psychoanalyst in private practice in South Oxfordshire. She is a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society, Archivist of the Melanie Klein Trust, and Honorary Associate Professor of the Psychoanalysis Unit, UCL. She is the author of Melanie Klein’s Narrative of an Adult Analysis, published this year by Routledge.

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