The Bury Practice for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Annual Conference: Delusion and gender

Professional development, events, training « Conference: Delusion and gender

Saturday 22nd November 2008, 9.45 am - 4.00 pm

St Andrew's Castle, St Andrew's Street South. Bury St Edmunds. IP33 3PH
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Speakers: Juliet Mitchell and Estela Welldon

First session: Juliet Mitchell
Paper: "Imaginary Siblings and their gender."

'Only' children have sisters and brothers in mind. Why, and what are these? Can thinking about them also raise interesting questions about how to construct gender? Does imagining siblings, whether or not they are actual, form part of delusional processes which, if so, have hitherto been ignored?

Second session: Estela Welldon
Paper: "Mother Madonna Whore revisited after 20 years"

Mother's expectations about the future of their unborn babies may be responsible for future psychological/emotional characteristics in those children. Special reference will be given to mother's gender expectations in their own perceived unfulfilled gender and their desires and at time delusional behaviour towards their babies after birth. Clinical illustrations will be provided.

Professional development, events, training « Conference: Delusion and gender