SYMPOSIUM 2: POLITICS AND (BODY) PSYCHOTHERAPY
Saturday 15th October
Michael Heller, Sofia Petridou, Thomas Riepenhausen
THEORETICAL AND HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES
Moderator: Michael Heller
16:30 – 18:00 [Part 1]
Relationship between classical Psychoanalysis and Politics
The political significance of psychoanalysis
by Alexandros Theodoridis
Dr. Alexandros Theodoridis is a Deputy Professor of Philosophy at Dimokritio University of Thrace. His research and writing interests are towards the following areas: Philosophical Anthropology, Philosophy and Psychoanalysis, Philosophy of Education, Political Philosophy, Political-Ethical Education, Environmental Philosophy, Intercultural Ethics. He participates in research programs and networks. He is also a member of Philosophical and Psychoanalytic workshops and associations.
Historical review of the relationship between Body Psychotherapy and Politics (in references to Wilhelm Reich’s contribution)
Historical perspectives and diachronicity in the relationship of psychotherapy and politics. Is Reich’s view still topical?
by Marilena Komi
Wilhelm Reich was an emblematic personality to the understanding of the connection between psychotherapy and politics and to the theorization of this interconnection. His contribution to the definition of the relationship between society and personality has been highly important, mainly through his work about the social process of the Character formation and also through his efforts to describe , based on a naturalistic humanism, the continuum man-society-planet-universe.
Marilena Komi is graduated in Psychopedagogicalstudies, and previously in Architecture and Urbanplanning.
She is a Body Psychotherapist, a Gestalt and Trauma therapist (EMDR). She is director of studies at the Greek Institute of Vegetotherapy and Character analysis (EINA) and “Reich” Center, in Athens, trainerand supervisor, ECP Holder. Member of the International Scientific Committee of EABP. The last 25 years she works in the field of individual and group psychotherapy, of prevention and post graduate seminars on psychotherapy. Author of “The body, the group and psychotherapy” (Athens 2006).
Michael Heller (1949, Switzerland) is Doctor in psychology and body psychotherapist. Researcher, psychotherapist, supervisor, trainer and presenter, he has actively participated in the growth of the EABP since 1989, through the ethics and scientific committees, and its board. He has published articles in academic and psychotherapeutic publications, and is the author of several books (Postural Dynamics, The Flesh of the Soul, and a textbook on Body Psychotherapy (in French, English and German).