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Psychoanalysis: The Unconscious in Everyday Life at the Science Museum

Topics ranging from murder, revenge and denial to identity formation, humour and dreams will be explored in a lively and thought-provoking series of public events launched by The Institute of Psychoanalysis – see The programme complements the Science Museum exhibition, Psychoanalysis: The Unconscious in Everyday Life, (13 October 2010 – April 2011). The exhibition is supported by The Institute of Psychoanalysis and focuses on how the unconscious is manifest in everyday experiences and artefacts, both historical and contemporary.

President of The Institute of Psychoanalysis, David Bell, said: “The Institute is very proud to be sponsoring this Science Museum exhibition, the fruit of an important partnership. The events we are creating are designed to be of genuine interest to both professionals and the wider public, and the new website will provide full information and a booking facility.”

The opening event, Between Brain and Mind? (15 Oct) will explore the gap between neurological and analytic perceptions of the brain and mind. Other events this year include a conference, Engaging with Climate Change: Psychoanalytic Perspectives (16-17 Oct), a discussion about sports leadership, Bringing the Team Together, with psychoanalyst, philosopher and former captain of the England cricket team, Michael Brearley (17 Nov) and The Cambridge Scientists and Psychoanalysis in the 1920s (24 Nov).

Further events in 2011 will ask what shapes people’s identities, what our dreams mean and how psychoanalysis can help us understand incomprehensible events. There will also be film screenings and the opportunity to find out what it is like to be an analyst or to be the person on the couch. The closing event next spring will discuss Freud’s seminal work, Civilization and its Discontents.

Full details and online booking for all events are available at

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