Study Centre Courses

PSYCHOANALYTIC CONCEPTS AND THEIR APPLICATION
IN DAILY LIFE

CONTENT OF SESSION

CONCEPTS

  1. Structure of the Mind.
  2. Early Anxieties and Defences
  3. Personality and Modes of Functioning.


APPLICATION IN DAILY LIFE

  1. Relationship with one's self.
  2. Relationships with one's primary family/parents/siblings
  3. Relationship with one's spouse/partner
  4. Relationships with one's children
  5. Relationship with friends
  6. Relationships at work - boss/co-workers
  7. Relationship with life and the world


BRIEF OUTLINE OF CONCEPTS

Structure of the Mind.
An introduction to the structure of the mind from birth.
Id - the mind that we have at birth. Its nature and characteristics.
Ego - the growth and development of the mind as it takes on increasingly complex life tasks. Experience, memory, development of thinking, problem solving etc.
Superego - the part of our mind that tries to apply control on our thoughts and behaviour. Guilt shame anxiety fear.


Early Anxieties and Defences.

What are the anxieties people face starting from birth? How do we cope with them?
We need defense mechanisms in order to function well in the face of all the difficulties of life. These defences begin at birth and are necessary and valuable.
It is only when they are used too excessively that they can come in the way of healthy growth and development of an individual.
Primitive anxieties of the infant.
Primitive defences - denial, splitting and projective identification.
Later defences - repression, displacement, isolation, intellectualization, turning against the self, moralization, idealization, reaction formation.
Sublimation and its value.


Personality and Character

Early experiences together with innate disposition form the foundations of character and personality. This is a life long process, does not end with early experience. How to recognise and differentiate between healthy and not so healthy modes of functioning in one's self and others.
How to understand yourself better, and function more effectively given your basic personality structure.


APPLICATIONS IN DAILY LIFE

Self

An understanding of these ideas can be the starting point of getting to become a bit more self aware. We are often prone to seeing ourselves in the most flattering light and tend to blame others for all that is wrong. One can also now begin to get a glimpse of parts of ourselves that are usually hidden from view even from ourselves. We can start to recognise the unhealthy patterns of beliefs and actions that we might be repeating in our lives and with different people.


Families

What are the key points of conflict in families. Sibling rivalry, envy, jealousy, competitiveness, excessive demands, wish to control ones family members, old disappointments and grievances.
A relationship with ones parents is the most important of our lives and one that has the potential to cause the most difficulties if not properly negotiated through each stage of the parent child relationship.
Ones parents are not perfect. They are ordinary people undertaking a tremendous task.. bringing up a child.. without perfect knowledge or perfect abilities.
Fortunately, perfection is not required to be a good parent.
Children must come to terms with the parents that they do have, without too much grievance and turning away.
They must grow up and gradually become more and more independent of their parents. This is a life task that not everyone manages at the same rate or in the same way.
Conflict with spouses. Areas of difficulty are often around control and domination. Money, different ideas of how to spend it. In laws and the problem of accepting someone who is not your own primary family. How to discipline children, their education etc. the couple must find a way to cooperate rather than have a constant clash of wills.


Friends

What kind of friendships does someone have, are they a few deep ones or many superficial ones, is someone constantly changing friends, always feeling betrayed by them or disappointed in them. If this happens all the time one needs to take a closer look at how friends are chosen, and what kinds of patterns of relationships are being repeated to reach similar outcomes every time.
What do we look for from our friendships and what do we give.


Work

Work can be satisfying and fulfilling or it can become an ordeal. What are the areas of conflict here. Are we doing the work that is well suited to our abilities and personality.


Timings: 11am to 1 pm
Address: Psychoanalytic Therapy & Research Centre,
              Bldg No 61, Ground Floor,
              Gandhi Nagar,
              Bandra East,
              Mumbai 400051
              Opp. MIG Cricket Club, and opp. Bank of Maharashtra
Tel. No.:  26510311 / 22813735 (call for directions)
Fee:        Rs. 1000/ (In Cash or Cheque)