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So Near and Yet So Far: Further Thoughts on Narcissism and the Couple – Lectures from the Tavistock Relationships Model

In this online lecture, part of our series Lectures from the Tavistock Relationships Model, Stanley Ruszczynski will describe his understanding of the psychoanalytic concept of narcissism, including how it is essential to our understanding of, and clinical work with, couples. See full details below.

Key information

Date and time: Friday 10 March 2023, 6pm to 7pm

Speaker: Stanley Ruszczynski

Fee: £10

Total number of places available: 500

Venue: Online via Zoom

  • Overview

    Stanley Ruszczynski will describe his understanding of the psychoanalytic concept of narcissism, including how it is essential to our understanding of, and clinical work with, couples. He will then refer to a few specific ideas about how we might try to understand how couples manage or do not manage the interpersonal dynamics of their relationship.

    He will do so by making references to the space within which interactions between two people take place – a space he has previously referred to as “the marital triangle”. This might be a benign place of mutual recognition, within which both connection and separateness may be recognised, and hence a space for psychic development; or, it might be a malignant place, with very fragile or no awareness of the other’s separateness, resulting in psychic stagnation and sado-masochistic dynamics. Awareness of the other’s separateness creates space in the relationship; lack of that awareness, with the other being experienced as primarily an extension of the self, collapses the space.

    Stanley will talk for around 40 minutes and after this there will be the opportunity for the audience to ask questions.

  • Who is it for?

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

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