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When Love Smothers : on the struggle to create “A Me”

Anna Livia Psychoanalytic Society

Fri 9 Feb | 2pm – 8pm | Boys’ School

How does a person form an identity?

What happens if this sense of identity is lost and a person feels that they are losing their mind?

This innovative day will bring together psychoanaytic theory and the theatre of Samuel Beckett to reflect on and discuss concepts such as madness, identity, creativity and the nature of love and its implications in creating a sense of self. Beckett’s play evocatively and hauntingly illustrates a futile search for a sense of self that occurs when there is little or no space for an indvidual to express themselves freely.

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Dina Glouberman, to speak about her own account of ‘going mad’ in her memoir “Into the Woods and Out Again”. Her book focuses on her view of madness as a state of consciousness that need not have a destructive or negative impact on life, but in fact, facilitate access to creativity and a new sense of identity.

Dr. Glouberman’s presentation will be responded to by psychoanalysts from Lacanian, Jungian and Bionian traditions.

The day will culminate with a performance of Samuel Beckett’s play ”Footfalls” directed by the acclaimed theatre company, Mouth on Fire.

The play will be directed by Cathal Quinn and features performances by Melissa Nolan and Geraldine Plunkett (Fair City).

Dina Glouberman is a psychologist, psychotherapist and writer, and also Co-Founder/Director of Skyros Holistic Holidays, which has pioneered community-oriented holistic health holidays since 1979. Dina is the president of the International Imagework Association, as well as a specialist in burnout. Formerly Lecturer at Kingston University, Dina is now an international trainer, coach and a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Humanistic Psychology (Britain).

Our speakers include: Dr Ian Miller who has written on “Beckett and Bion”, Bernard Kennedy, Lacanian psychoanalyst and published poet, Dr Medb Ruane Lacanian psychoanalyst and Orla Crowley, Jungian psychoanalyst.

The day promises to be a lively, informative and inspirational one.

Ticket includes evening wine reception.

This event will be of interest to professionals working in the area of mental health as well as members of the public interested in the psychoanal. CPD points will be awarded.


Tickets €60/€45 concession

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