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If the Id Is Conscious…

Austen Riggs Center

25 Main St Large Conference Room
StockbridgeMassachusetts 01262
March 6, 2015 at 8:00 PM

Friday Night Guest Lecture

Mark Solms, Ph.D., is best known for his discovery of the brain mechanisms of dreaming, and his pioneering use of psychoanalytic methods and theories in contemporary neuroscience. Born in Lüderitz in 1961, he was educated at Pretoria Boys’ School and the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.  He moved to London in 1988, where he worked at the Royal London Hospital (Dept Neurosurgery) while he trained as an analyst at the Institute of Psychoanalysis. He returned to South Africa in 2002, where he now holds the Chair in Neuropsychology at the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital.                 

He is president of the South African Psychoanalytic Association, member of the British Psychoanalytical Society, and was awarded Honorary Membership of the New York Psychoanalytic Society in 1998. Other awards include the George Sarton Medal for contributions to the history and philosophy of science (Rijksuniversiteit Gent, 1996), the International Psychiatrist award for contributions to American psychiatry (American Psychiatric Association, 2001) and the Sigourney Prize for contributions to psychoanalysis (2012). He has published more than 250 chapters and articles in both neuroscientific and psychoanalytic journals.  He has published five books, including The Neuropsychology of Dreams (1997), Clinical Studies in Neuropsychoanalysis (2000) and The Brain and the Inner World (2002). His last book was a bestseller and translated into eight languages. He is the editor of the Revised Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud (24 vols) and the forthcoming Complete Neuroscientific Works of Sigmund Freud (4 vols).

DESCRIPTION OF EVENT:  It is now possible to map Freud's 'id' and 'ego' concepts onto the anatomy and physiology of the human brain, but the result is a surprise. The part of the brain that performs the mental functions of the id is not only conscious but the fount of all consciousness; and it is the ego that is largely unconscious. This reversal of the classical Freudian model has massive implications for psychoanalysis, both theoretical and clinical. These implications will be discussed in this lecture.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES - At the conclusion of the event the participants will be able to:

  1. identify the brain mechanisms of id and ego functions.
  2. identify the brain mechanisms for consciousness and repression.
  3. implement changes in clinical technique based on new neuroscientific findings about consciousness.


This presentation is designed for mental health professionals, including psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers, with no regular registration fee.


No registration required. For more information contact Alicia Zaludova at 413-931-5230.

2 hours
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