‘Oh no, not another talk on “the Other”‘

Andrew Samuels is a British psychotherapist and writer on political and social themes from a psychological viewpoint.  Clinically, he has developed a blend of Jungian and post-Jungian, relational psychoanalytic and humanistic approaches.

He began his career running a commune-style radical theatre company in the late 1960s and early 1970s, directing plays in and around Oxford. He went on to develop a drama and youth counselling project in South Wales, working with deprived children. He studied at LSE, qualified as a psychiatric social worker and went on to train at the Society of Analytical Psychology, where he is a training analyst.

He co-founded Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility which was formed to use the insights gained in the consulting room and elsewhere by taking them into the outside world to influence political and public discourse. Considering the sometimes enormous interdisciplinary divides, it sought to bridge these divisions.

He co-founded “Antidote”: a psychotherapy-based think-tank with a manifesto for an “Emotionally Literate Society”. He is also a founding member of the International Association for Jungian Studies.

He co-founded the Masters in Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex. In 2006, he was elected one of the first group of six honorary fellows of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy and, in 2009, became its chair. He is Professor of Analytical Psychology at Essex, Visiting Professor of Psychoanalytic Studies at Goldsmiths, Honorary Professor of Psychology and Therapeutic Studies at Roehampton and Visiting Adjunct Professor at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.

Linda Brakel is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry, where she has been Co-Associate Director of the Hunt Memorial Laboratory for research on Subliminal Processes, and she is a Psychoanalyst. As such, she has had close acquaintance with psychoanalytic data – data revealing mental phenomena best described as unconscious and a-rational or irrational. These non-rational and non-conscious mental phenomena call out for empirical investigations and a serious philosophical account.

Dr. Brakel has done empirical and philosophical studies both on unconscious processes and on “primary process” mentation, a form of thinking different from our ordinary rational thought. Her philosophical work on these topics features two recent Oxford University Press books: Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, and the A-Rational Mind (2009) and Unconscious Knowing and Other Essays in Psycho-Philosophical Analysis (2010); and one Routledge Press book: The Ontology of Psychology (2013).