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The Seductive Allure of the Bad Object:

The Childhood Origins of Attachments in Abusive Relationships

A 1-day seminar led by Dr David Celani


Friday 23 February - London



"Fairbairn's central defense mechanism, splitting, is the fast shift from central ego dominance to either the libidinal ego or the antilibidinal ego - a near perfect model of the borderline personality disorder." Dr David Celani

W. R. D. Fairbairn (1889-1964) assumed that the unconscious develops in childhood and contains dissociated memories of parental neglect, insensitivity, and outright abuse that are impossible the children to tolerate consciously. In Fairbairn's model, these dissociated memories protect developing children from recognising how badly they are being treated and allow them to remain attached to abusive parents.

Attachment is paramount in Fairbairn's model, as he recognised that children are absolutely and unconditionally dependent on their parents. At the heart of his model is a structural theory that organizes actual relational events into three self-and-object pairs: one conscious pair (the central ego, which relates exclusively to the ideal object in the external world) and two mostly unconscious pairs (the child's antilibidinal ego, which relates exclusively to the rejecting parts of the object, and the child's libidinal ego, which relates exclusively to the exciting parts of the object). Fairbairn's central defense mechanism, splitting, is the fast shift from central ego dominance to either the libidinal ego or the antilibidinal ego - a near perfect model of the borderline personality disorder.

These structures will be examined via the clinical setting. We will discuss how Fairbairn's model of relationship offers the clinician concrete suggestions on how to recognise and respond to effectively in the heat of the clinical session. Incorporating decades of experience into his analysis, Celani will emphasise the internalisation of the therapist as a new "good" object.

Please note that Dr David Celani is speaking the following day (24 February) at our conference Exciting Bad Objects? with David Millar, Anna Santamouris and Dr Estela Welldon


Speakers

Dr David Celani
David P. Celani, PhD, is a licensed psychologist who practiced for more than twenty-five years in Burlington, Vermont. In treatment, he focused on his patients' "attachment to bad objects", which manifested through their inability to separate from parents, friends, or marital partners who demeaned, criticized, or abused them. Celani now presents workshops throughout the United States on Object Relations theory. His books with Columbia University Press include Fairbairn's Object Relations Theory in the Clinical Setting and The Illusion of Love: Why the Battered Woman Returns to Her Abuser... More >>


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Fees

This event only
Early bird: £110 (available until 10 December 2017)
Self-funded: £130
Self-funded x 2: £200
Organisationally-funded: £200


This event and the seminar Exciting Bad-Objects? on Saturday 24 Feb 2018
Early bird: £200 (available until 10 December 2017)
Self-funded: £230
Self-funded x 2: £390
Organisationally-funded: £380

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CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 5 hours will be provided at the event
Venue

Grange Fitzrovia Hotel
Bolsover Street
London
W1W 5NB
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Schedule

Friday
09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:15 Coffee
13:00 Lunch break
15:30 Tea
17:00 End
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