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A Psychoanalytic Account of the Developmental Challenges of Ageing: Lectures from the Tavistock Relationships Model

People are living longer, with many of us now reaching an age that would have been considered very old a generation ago. In this lecture, Andrew Balfour will examine within a psychoanalytic context the difficulties many couples experience in facing the losses of old age .

Key information

Date and time: Friday 9 December 2022, 6pm to 7pm

Speaker: Andrew Balfour

Fee: £10

Total number of places available: 500

Venue: Online via Zoom

  • Overview

    People are living longer, with many of us now reaching an age that would have been considered very old a generation ago. Our increased longevity presents us with particular psychological challenges, such as how to tolerate the losses of our physical and mental functioning. The feared catastrophes of old age, such as stroke or dementia, hang over us as possible futures most of us would rather not think about.

    More recently, Covid has added a new threat to shadow our fears about ageing – and our treatment, as a society, of the elderly during the pandemic has thrown into relief our unconscious hatred of our own ageing and mortality.

    Psychoanalysis offers us a model of psychic development, though it has engaged little with the developmental challenges of ageing and the end of life. This online talk, the third in our series Lectures from the Tavistock Relationships Model, will address this question.

    Andrew Balfour will examine the difficulties many couples experience in facing the losses of old age. He will outline the factors that help us to sustain a lively engagement in life and an intimacy within relationships even in the face of these losses. Psychoanalytic developmental models will be used to think about the psychological factors that support us in this area, both at the level of the couple, and also in terms of wider group and societal dimensions.

  • Who is it for?

    Suitable for qualified therapists and counsellors, those in training, and those with an interest in psychoanalytic thinking.

  • About the speaker

    Andrew Balfour

    Andrew Balfour is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist trained to work with couples and individuals and is also qualified as a clinical psychologist. He has many years’ experience of working psychotherapeutically with couples, developing new projects and conducting research. He has published many papers in the field and has taught and lectured widely both in Britain and abroad. Andrew was appointed CEO of Tavistock Relationships in May 2016.

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