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Sex, Secrets and Civilization

Dr Anthony Korner

Classical psychoanalytic thought placed the sexual drive at the heart of human motivation and saw it as crucial to early human development, understood through Freud s theory of psychosexual stages . The accompanying notion of infantile sexuality has always been, and remains, controversial within the wider community. While the Conversational Model and other relational models have shifted away from drive theory, human sexuality remains a central focus of human experience and affective life. 

Not surprisingly preoccupations with sexuality, sexual relatedness, and traumatic sexual experience are frequently prominent concerns for patients in therapy. In this talk I will revisit some of Freud s notions considering both their value and their limitations. The impact of these ideas on culture and the reciprocal influence of cultural traditions of totem and taboo on the expression of human sexuality are considered.

Master of Medicine and (Psychotherapy); Master of Science in Medicine (Psychotherapy)
Psychotherapy Think Tank / Grand Rounds
Mental Health Sciences Centre,
Building 112, Cumberland Hospital. NSW, Australia.
Recorded: 15 November 2012

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Dr Anthony Korner

Anthony Korner works in Sydney as a psychiatrist and psychotherapist, primarily in public practice. He is Acting Director of the Master of Medicine (Psychotherapy) Program at the University of Sydney and is active in teaching and research as well as clinical practice. His research interests are in psychodynamic psychotherapy, linguistics and philosophy. He has published approximately thirty papers in journals and books. He was on the National Health and Medical Research Council Committee for the development of a guideline for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder 2011-13. He's completed a PhD in Linguistics, on psychotherapy. He is the Australian representative on the World Council for Psychotherapy and was Chairman of the organising committee for the 6th World Congress for Psychotherapy, held in Sydney in 2011.  

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