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Defining The Conversational Model

Emeritus Professor Russell Meares

In 'The Conversational Model and the notion of Self. lecture, Emeritus Professor Russell  Meares introduces us to the genesis of the Conversational Model that has its fundamental core built around the notion of  'personal being' or 'Self'. He explains how different forms of conversations generate different brain states that in turn sustain and underlie different kind of consciousness fostering fundamental changes.

In 'The Metaphor of Play', Russell Meares introduces us to the genesis of self and its development from birth until the age of 4 to 5. He explains the different forms of language during that period leading to the organisation of the Self.  He stresses the importance of early language of play between mother and baby. In this conversation "coupling, amplification and representation" are essential elements leading to the emergence of 'self' as a self organising system. Persons who have been through early damaging experiences like sufferers from Borderline Personality Disorder are able to develop attachment but fail to develop intimate relationships. The Conversational Model fosters the emergence and the ability   for the development of this form of relatedness.

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Emeritus Professor Russell Meares

Russell Meares is an Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at Sydney University and Director of Mental Health Sciences at Westmead Hospital in Sydney. 

  • Trained at Maudsley and Bethlem Royal Hospitals, 1963 -1968, co-founding with Robert Hobson the   Conversational Model of psychotherapy
  • Founder of the academic department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne, at the Austin Hospital   1969
  • Foundation Chair of Psychiatry of Sydney University at Westmead Hospital, 1981, Foundation President   of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapy in 1989

His most recent books are: “Intimacy and Alienation”, 2000; “Metaphor of Play”, revised and enlarged edition, 2005.  Awarded Distinguished Psychiatrist of the Year, at UCLA, 2007 and the RANZCP NSW Branch, Meritorious Service Award, 2009.

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