Past Event

On Denial: Internal, Relational, Social and Political Functions

December 1, 2020
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Event Description

This lecture will conceptualize denial as a dissociative phenomenon whose evolutionarily adaptive functions include initiating and facilitating the human capacity for mourning. After a short overview of the psychoanalytic concept of denial, from Freud’s thinking through contemporary contributions of attachment research and neuroscience, the speakers will speculate on the relationship of denial to mourning on both individual and societal levels. Some clinical, social, and political manifestations of denial will be noted, along with some possible ways of addressing this primitive but ubiquitous defense.

Event Speakers

Please visit the event webpage for speaker list. 

Event Information

Free and open to the public; registration required. For additional information, please visit the event webpage. Hosted by the Association for Psychoanalytic Medicine at Columbia University.