Feb 14 2024


8:00 pm

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Feb 14 2024
  • Time: 3:00 pm
Maria Giovanna Bianchi


Advocates of the soul: Exploring the overlap between analysts and human rights practitioners in healing trauma

Are there parallels between the work of analysts and that of human rights practitioners or activists? What methods do they use to help distressed clients, especially victims of human rights violations? Maria Giovanna Bianchi’s presentation will explore common tools and guiding principles through examples. Jungian psychoanalysts often encounter the profound psychological effects of human rights violations, such as gender violence, domestic violence, discrimination based on race, religion, sexual orientation, the consequences of war and forced migration. The devastating and pervasive psychological effects inflicted on individuals and societies require an interdisciplinary approach to address these issues.

  • Brief Overview:

    Every Wednesday evening, Sigmund Freud convened with colleagues in the waiting room of his Viennese practice at Berggasse 19, uncovering and debating profound ideas within the realm of psychoanalysis. C.G. Jung extended this idea by establishing a Psychological Club in Zurich, a clubhouse that became a similar setting to share ideas and offer a space where the inner, often isolating work of the soul could find harmony through exchange with others. Since 2020, Psychosocial Wednesdays, a digital salon, has integrated the concepts developed by these pioneers by offering a global platform for colleagues from diverse psychological disciplines to share their ideas and creative works.

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