Psychoanalysis Unit


Re-visiting Psychotic Aspects of the Personality

03 December 2021–05 December 2021, 3:30 pm–1:00 pm


We hope that you are safe. After consideration of the likely course of the Covid-19 pandemic, the UCL Psychoanalysis Unit and the conference chair, Dr David Taylor regretfully have concluded that it is necessary to postpone the Re-visiting Psychotic Aspects of the Personality Conference until next year - 3-5 December 2021. We are actively exploring putting on other events later this year either as smaller in-person or as remote events. We will announce the topics, dates and locations on our website as soon as the details are worked out (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/psychoanalysis/events). They will be organised so that the safety of all involved is secured. We encourage everyone to follow the guidance of the World Health Organisation and local public health officials. Meanwhile, we want to thank you for your support. Of course, please continue to contact events.psychoanalysis@ucl.ac.uk with any questions.

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Psychoanalysis Unit


UCL, Gower Street

What do we mean when we speak of a psychotic area or part of the personality? The idea is invoked in relation to so many conditions of such widely different severities and kinds. For example, we can encounter something like it as part of a seemingly otherwise functioning personality: if unaddressed, it seems to maintain a strict limit on the change possible; but to address it seems to risk a total breakdown. As all who work in the mental health services will know, there are other cases in which this relationship is found in reverse: the patient is controlled by psychotic beliefs, but substantial areas of normal functioning can operate alongside - but only as long as the ruling position of the psychosis is not threatened.

It has been said that “Even a little bit of madness goes a long way”. But what precisely is this madness to which we refer? There have been many valuable psychoanalytic contributions that help to understanding these situations and to help with them clinically – but only to a degree. Nearly always, there remains a sense of some purpose – and some level of profound mental pain  - that eludes our understanding, our grasp, and therefore our remedy.

This UCL Psychoanalysis Conference will present detailed psychoanalytic work seeking to describe and further understand these fundamental problems in the context of their occurrence in a wide spectrum of psychopathology - from the apparently normal and mildly neurotic to the most overtly and grossly disturbed - and across the life cycle: in children, adolescents, adulthood.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Catalina Bronstein (British Psychoanalytical Society, UK);
  • Kate Pugh (British Psychoanalytical Society, and Central and North West London NHS Trust, UK);
  • Helga Skogstad (British Psychoanalytical Society, UK).

Further information will be available in early 2021, and registrations will open in June 2021. For any queries, please contact us at events.psychoanalysis@ucl.ac.uk