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Thoughts On Psychoanalytic Political Psychology

  • 03/07/2015
  • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Memorial Regional Hospital, Auditoriums A-D 3501 Johnson St., Hollywood, FL 33021


  • rate for current members of SEFAPP
  • must provide hospital ID
  • Professionals who are not current members of SEFAPP.
  • Half-day events only
  • with copy of current student ID

For registrations at the door (8:30am), checks are preferred over cash for payment.

Presenter: Vamik Volkan, M.D.


Presentation:  For over 35 years, Dr. Volkan, continuing a tradition begun with Sigmund Freud, has been interested in the psychology of large-group human behavior, political leader-follower relationships, political ideologies, religion, and wars. Especially after the Holocaust, many psychoanalysts began to examine the influence of massive trauma at the hand of the Other and its transmission through the generations. This presentation describes Dr. Volkan’s findings in large-group psychology and explores collaboration between psychoanalysis and diplomacy. He describes large-group identity, be that identity tribal, ethnic, national, religious or ideological, how it develops and how that identity – an identity that does not have one brain to think or two eyes to cry – can inspire people to kill in its name.  When ten thousands or millions of members of a large group share a psychological journey, what we see are social, cultural and political processes that are specific for the large group under study. The presenter provides detailed information on historical events and individuals involved in these groups to illustrate the large-group process and their consequences, in a way similar to that of a psychoanalyst presenting the necessary case materials to show the manifestations of a patient’s individual psychology.

9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.) 

CE Credits: This program, when attended in its entirety, is    offered for 3 CE credits.

1-Discuss what is meant by "large-group identity," how it develops, and why people kill in the name of that large-group identity.
2-Analyze how the understanding of the genesis and psychodynamics of large-group conflict and terrorism may contribute to a conceptual plan of action.
3-Describe psychopolitical concepts such as transgenerational transmission of trauma, difficulty in mourning, chosen trauma, entitlement ideology, time collapse and fusion of individual identity with large group identity.

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