Mark Solms, PhD will speak on Psychoanalysis By Surprise at NYPSI

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Marianne and Nicholas Young Auditorium
247 East 82nd St., between 2nd & 3rd, NY, NY 10028

Tuesday. November 4, 2014, 8 – 10 p.m.

Mark Solms, PhD will speak on Psychoanalysis By Surprise

$15 General Admission
$12 NYPSI Members/ Mt. Sinai Employees w/ valid ID
$10 Students w/ valid ID

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After the end of apartheid, an exiled analyst returned to his native South Africa with the intention to transform social conditions on his family’s farm. The level of mutual comprehension and trust between himself and the black farm-workers turned out to be far worse than he anticipated. In desperation, he fell back on basic psychoanalytic principles. The result was an unplanned “community psychoanalysis”. This ‘analysis’ was conducted largely by historians and archaeologists (not the analyst), with surprising results.

Mark Solms is best known for his discovery of the forebrain mechanisms of dreaming, and his pioneering use of psychoanalytic methods and theories in contemporary neuroscience. Born in Lüderitz in 1961, he was educated at Pretoria Boys’ School and the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He moved to London in 1988, where he worked at the Royal London Hospital (Honorary Lecturer in Neurosurgery) while he trained at the Institute of Psychoanalysis. He returned to South Africa in 2002, where he now holds a Professorship in Neuropsychology at the University of Cape Town. He is president of the South African Psychoanalytical Association, member of the British Psychoanalytical Society, and Honorary Member of the New York Psychoanalytic Society. Honours include the George Sarton Medal for contributions to the history and philosophy of science (Rijksuniversiteit Gent, 1996), the International Psychiatrist award for contributions to American psychiatry (American Psychiatric Association, 2001) and the Sigourney Prize for contributions to psychoanalysis (2012). He is chair of the Research Committee of the International Psychoanalytical Association. He has published more than 300 papers in both neuroscientific and psychoanalytic journals, and five books, including The Neuropsychology of Dreams (1997), Clinical Studies in Neuropsychoanalysis (2000) and The Brain and the Inner World (2002). His last book was a bestseller and was translated into nine languages. He is the editor of the Revised Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud (24 vols) and the forthcoming Complete Neuroscientific Works of Sigmund Freud (4 vols).

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