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AGM followed by ‘Intersubjectivity: Husserl, Group Analysis, and Being human’

Dear Members

Apologies for the short notice

I am delighted to announce that the Annual General Meeting of The Society of Psychotherapy will be on Tuesday 21st May (members only) at 5.00pm followed by light refreshments.

Then at 7.00pm Digby Tantam will give a talk on ‘Intersubjectivity: Husserl, Group Analysis, and Being human’ The Talk is open to members and non-members of The Society of Psychotherapy.

‘Intersubjectivity: Husserl, Group Analysis, and Being human’

"The early 20th century philosopher, Edmund Husserl, asked himself two traditional philosophical questions: how do we know that there is a real world? And how do we know that other people exist? But his answer was less traditional: because of empathy. Empathy is one explanation for 'intersubjectivity' (another is some variant of a collective unconscious). Intersubjectivity is now considered to be a foundation of psychotherapy in many different approaches, but it has been central to group analysis, where it has been termed ‘the matrix’, for nearly 70 years. In Digby's talk he will consider the strands that link Husserl to group analysis and to the relational psychotherapies by way of one of the patron saints of Europe and of recent fMRI studies."


Professor Digby Tantam is co-founder of The New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling. He has worked as a psychiatrist in the NHS for over forty years and as a University Professor for over twenty. In addition to being the Deputy Principal of NSPC, he is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Sheffield and has an honorary appointment at the University of Cambridge.

The Society of Psychotherapy will provide a continuing professional development (CPD) letter confirming 1.5 hours of CPD.

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The New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling:

254-6 Belsize Road, London, NW6 4BT

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  • Michael T H.

    This is a much loved topic, one that I never tire of, I hope, and yet find the most challenging. It was good to link Edith Stein's On the Problem of Empathy, which I shall find and read with Husserl.

    May 22, 2013

  • Phil P.

    A fascinating presentation packed with research, insight and references. Great value and much to absorb and reflect upon.

    May 21, 2013

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