Lecture at the Freud Museum Conference on the Uncanny 2020

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A fundamental change of vision:
Activating the transformative energies of mind

Association of Jungian Analysts (AJA) , 4th June 2024 8.15pm-10pm

“The treatment must do more than destroy the old morbid attitude; it must build up a new attitude that is sound and healthy. This requires a fundamental change of vision. C G Jung”

Jung’s stance regarding the ‘forward-striving function’ of the psyche ended his relationship with Freud. It also prefigured much of the current research into the emotional systems sited in the lower regions of the human brain. These represent the ‘hidden spring’ of life energy that promotes human development, social cohesion, and mental health.
In this illustrated talk, Carol Leader uses case material, examples from the arts, and current research in neuroscience and neuropsychoanalysis to amplify Jung’s relevant and enduring contribution.

Beyond words…keeping the mind alive
Expanding and restructuring the unconscious mind

The Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling, March 2023

Centuries of over-emphasis on verbal, cognitive left-brain functions, have led to an increasing sense of fragmentation and mechanised human experience for many. An essential balance has been lost, or never achieved. In the consulting room this might come across as a lack of meaning, even a loss of soul.

Right-brain functions represent the relational unconscious, with its hard-wired and powerful emotional systems. They communicate non-verbally through enactments, dreams and fictionalisations. And yet, they have been sorely undervalued in the past. Current research is revealing right brain processes as the cornerstone of human development and social cohesion, and the key to approaching a fixated or traumatised psyche.

In her illustrated talk Carol Leader will use case material and examples from the arts to explore what takes us beyond words to the fundamentals of creative inner and outer life.

Satanic Error and the Curse of ‘Single Vision’:
William Blake’s insights for clinical practice and everyday life

The Blake Society, July 2021
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The poet, artist and visionary William Blake was profoundly affected by a mechanical, accusatory state of mind that he named ‘Satan’ that had an external counterpart in the ‘Satanic Mills’ of the Industrial Revolution and the creation of modern warfare and armaments. Blake’s prolonged wrestle with his Satan dominated a long period of his creative life and proved to be a major source of challenge and inspiration.

The mythology that arose out of these struggles is complicated and sometimes obscure, although Blake’s startling images often convey far more than words. They find their clearest expression in his last completed work Illustrations of the Book of Job where the human fate of falling into ‘single vision’ and ‘error’ is finally charted through a unique retelling of the Old Testament story of Job that is born out of Blake’s perceptive insights.

Blake’s explorations can be seen to be in the same territory as, but to pre-date the work of, Freud, Jung, Bion and also later analytic writers. More recently McGilchrist (2012) in The Master and his Emissary brings a wealth of contemporary research relating to a dangerous over-valuation of left-brain, scientific processing in the western world coupled with a denigration of the profound relational and integrative qualities that right brain functions promote.

Satanic Error:
William Blake’s insights insights for therapy and life
C.G. Jung Public Lectures, Bristol, March 2021

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The visionary poet  and artist William Blake was profoundly affected by the impact of the industrial revolution and railed against ‘Satanic Mills’. For Blake these ‘mills’ represent an aspect of the human mind that is in a state of repetitive ‘Error’ that has an alarming impact on the individual and society.

Blake offers a powerful experiential portal or ‘cipher’ into this ‘mechanical’ state and a journey of liberation out of it, through his writings and illustrations of ‘Satan.’ Blake’s explorations can be seen to be in the same territory as, but to pre-date the work of, Freud, Jung, Bion and also later analytic writers.

More recently McGilchrist (2012) in The Master and his Emissary powerfully adds to Blake’s insights with a wealth of contemporary research relating to a dangerous over-valuation of left-brain, scientific processing in the western world coupled with a denigration of the profound relational and integrative qualities that right brain functions promote.

This fully illustrated, stand-alone talk, is open to all with an interest in Blake, in self-development, as well as to counsellors, psychotherapists and analysts. 

Theatre of the Uncanny: Notes from the consulting room.
Freud Museum conference: ‘A Century of The Uncanny’ January 2020

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Theatre tells timeless stories – often ones that are compelling, mysterious and uncanny: stories intended to be memorable. The audience is then needed to complete the shared theatre experience. In the consulting room the therapist is not only required as audience, but often as an unknowing actor in the patient’s unconscious narrative – especially in those uncanny aspects of the drama that appear as haunting presences. These ‘ghosts’ having made their impact, can all too quickly disappear from sight.

Using her experience as a former professional actor, plus case material from her current clinical work, Carol Leader will explore the dramatic and repetitive nature of the uncanny. She will consider the sublime and horrific nature of primal emotional life, where ego functions are overwhelmed or absent.

Developing Resilience in Business and Leadership
Key-note speaker for Maynard Leigh Associates public June 2019

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Much has been written about the problematic speed, acceleration and scale of change and its negative effect on business. We at Maynard Leigh are not convinced that it is only ‘change’ that is the problem. The difficulty for business leaders is that the kind of change we are experiencing (disruptive) is affecting one of the core foundations of Leadership – the capacity to see: to possess insight – to be able to perceive beyond the present little moment, and to develop a vision of a possible, desirable future.

Carol brings 25 years of expertise as a psychotherapist. She is engaged in clinical work, as well as lecturing, writing and leading seminars internationally and in the UK. Carol is also a former popular TV presenter, with extensive experience as a professional actor.