Ask anyone what they know about Freud and they will say ‘Oedipus complex’. But Oedipus is more complex than that! This workshop first of all consider Sophocles' play Oedipus Rex since it was this that triggered off Freud’s idea. It has much to say about the process of therapy as well as about knowledge and denial, in addition to its obvious theme of incest. The second part of the workshop will consider the many ways in which oedipal issues underlie many of the difficulties people present, over and above incest and abuse.
Professor Michael Jacobs is a psychotherapist, author, trainer, and supervisor. He worked for many years at the University of Leicester running a large psychotherapy and counselling programme. He now lives and works in Dorset and has a particular interest in the interface between psychotherapy and the arts, notably film and literature. He has written and edited over thirty books including works on Freud and Winnicott and key texts such as The Presenting Past, Shakespeare on the Couch, Illusion: A Psychodynamic Interpretation of Thinking and Belief, and Psychodynamic Counselling in Action. This day will appeal to all those interested in the complex interaction and interplay between music, words, the spiritual and the therapeutic.