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Western Australian Psychoanalytic Association Study Day: Ordinary Psychosis

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Murdoch University

90 South Street

Murdoch, WA 6150

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Study days will be run by WAPA every fourth Saturday of the month between February and November of 2018. The study days consist of presentations and a collective reading of key psychoanalytic texts. Study days are intended for like-minded colleagues and students with a foundational knowledge and/or experience of psychoanalysis. Our first study day is entitled Introduction to Ordinary Psychosis.

Dr Grace Tarpey will present on ordinary psychosis and the contemporary clinical and social setting. In response to new symptoms, J. A. Miller has developed the psychoanalytic paradigm of ordinary psychosis as derived from the later work of Jacques Lacan. Miller suggests that when there are unclear and multiple diagnostic elements, that psychoanalysts need to look for “a disturbance that occurs at the inmost juncture of the subject’s sense of life”. Dr.Tarpey will discuss ordinary psychosis with reference to existential isolation, loneliness and traumatic emptiness in reference to the turbulent psychic hole that Lacan refers to as the "real".

Dr Jonathon Redmond’s introduction to Miller’s idea of ordinary psychosis highlights the centrality of the neurosis/psychosis distinction and outlines the centrality of psychosis in contemporary psychoanalytic praxis. The neurosis/psychosis distinction - central to both modern psychiatry and Lacanian psychoanalysis - provides the nosological reference for Miller’s ideas on ordinary psychosis. Dr. Redmond shows how ordinary psychosis, which is a theorisation of milder psychosis, re-engages psychiatric knowledge such as latent schizophrenia and transitory psychotic states. He also discusses how ordinary psychosis has emerged from Lacan’s later teachings and is fundamentally a praxis orientated by psychosis as opposed to neurosis.

One hour is allotted for each presentation with time allocated for questions and discussion. After lunch, we will have a collective reading of Freud’s text The Wolf Man. This text has been selected due to its relevance to the field of ordinary psychosis.

Date: Beginning on Saturday 24th February 2018 (other dates listed on event page)

Time: 10am to 2pm

Venue: Murdoch University

Location: Room Number 513.1.002, Learning Link Building. Nearby parking available in Car park 4. PLEASE NOTE: Study day on June 16th has a differing venue due to availability. June 16th study day venue is 440.2.051 Social Sciences – Teaching Space on the Murdoch University campus.

Fee: $40.00​​ (per study day)

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