Inga-Britt Krause: "Thoughts from the Outside"

The Departmental Seminar Series features Inga-Britt Krause, Consultant Systemic Psychotherapist & Training & Development Consultant at The Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust.

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This seminar will be a hybrid seminar where you can participate in person or via Zoom. Join Zoom Meeting.

Abstract

In this paper I aim to address two parallel questions, which arise in the interface between anthropology and psychotherapy. These questions are both implicated in the same quest, which has preoccupied me for about 30 years in my professional life as an anthropologist and a psychotherapist in as far as I consider the work I do and have done as not belonging to one discipline or the other, but to both.

The first question, for some a bit mundane, relates to the relationship between the two disciplines – there is quite a long history of this, but I will concentrate on the contemporary context. I am a systemic psychotherapist which will become clear as we go along. The second question is philosophical and concerns ‘interiority’ and ‘exteriority’ and the relationship between these states and processes.

This has been inspired by the work of Foucault and Deleuze (hence the title) and others, including anthropologists, who have themselves been inspired by these thinkers. It concerns the relationship or the entanglement between what is inside and what is outside in persons, in between persons (relationships) and in thoughts or thinking. I shall be considering this in the context of a psychotherapy case with which I worked for some years, and I want to try to show you how in this work, the two disciplines became entangled.

Published Aug. 12, 2021 10:43 PM - Last modified Nov. 3, 2021 1:12 PM