The Political Mind Special The Evil Imagination: Understanding and resisting destructive forces

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Organised by:

British Psychoanalytical Society (incorporating the Institute of Psychoanalysis)

02 December 2022

Time: 18:00

Price: Standard £25 Concession £15

Location: online


Speaker: Dr Roger Kennedy

with David Morgan Psychoanalyst (UK)

Harriet Wolfe, President of IPA (USA), Don Carveth, Emeritus Professor (Canada), Beverly Stoute, Psychiatrist and Psychoanlyst (US)

Roger Kennedy will talk about the concept of evil and how we can understand and overcome it.

He focuses on the Holocaust and slavery to show how the after-effects of evil lives on in contemporary society.

The Nazi past continues to disturb Western societies, reliant on slavery as a foundation of economic wealth and is haunted by its inability to process slavery’s harsh reality and continuing after-effects. He uses the genius of Shakespeare and his encapsulation of the essential features of how evil can develop and take over a person’s mind.

He explores how those who have stood up to evil and how we can use that knowledge to build a society that can resist the forces of evil. He emphasises the power and influence of unconscious processes underlying human actions, and on the role of inner conflicting and elemental fears and anxieties.

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