Elisabeth AuerPsychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Counselling in Twickenham

On Pleasure and Frustration


Black Psychoanalysts Speak ...

Let's talk about Race, White Supremacy and Institutionalized Racism:


When Thought is mistaken for Fact

If we are not mentalizing, we are taking any negative thought that we have about ourselves as if it is completely real.


Goethe and the Romantic View of Life

Romantic love is deeply attractive but it causes us immense problems. Romantic love hopes to freeze a beautiful moment and is dangerous. Goethe thinks that in order to live a full life we have to flirt with things which are quite dangerous but hold on to a sense of higher purpose. In Faust he explains his moral view of life:
- Faust knows a great deal, but he resists being an academic.
- He loves sex but he does not give way to debauchery.
- He likes power but he does not use if for megalomany but puts it to work in the service of noble ends.
Faust provides an intriguing theory how to live a full life.



How can Politics and the Education System contribute to a Nation's Happiness? - Example Finland

Finland is, according to the World Happiness Report, the world's happiest country. But why? And what can UK learn from it?


How to get out of a Despairing Mood? - A video by the School of Life

When we are in despair we often forget that we are grown-ups with choices. We are not imprisoned by narrow circumstances as we may have been in the past. Psychotherapy can help to become aware of these choices and escape the prison in mind.


The Science and Psychology of Polarisation

How does our nervous system impact on the way we discuss and perceive ideas and resolve problems?





Affect Regulation

Some people struggle to express their angry feelings and "bottle up". Here is an explanation why:


Black Skin, White Masks

Frantz Fanon's "Black Skin, White Masks" was one of the first texts to examine the damaging effect of colonial racism and passionately urges us to take action against it. The text stood out for its originality of its approach: Fanon, a French West Indian psychiatrist and political philosopher, brought together different schools of thoughts: psychology, political theory and literary criticism.



Jacques Lacan

Even though his theories may at times appear overly complicated and theoretical, I find some of Jacques Lacan's ideas very intriguing and meaningful:


The Mirror Stage

The Mirror Stage - the young child's identification with his own image, a stage that occurs - looking at it developmentally - anywhere between the 6th and 18th month of age.


The Neuroscience of Attachment

Linda Graham explains in a SEPI conference on attachment and relationship: “All this talk therapy is just an excuse to hang out long enough for the relationship to do the healing.”
Read more:
https://lindagraham-mft.net/the-neuroscience-of-attachment/


The True and The False Self

The True and The False Self - A Concept by Donald Winnicott


Man's Search for Meaning - Trotzdem Ja zum Leben sagen

"When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves." (Viktor Frankl)
Viktor Frankl's "Man's Search for Meaning" is an inspirational book which attempts to explain why some people despair in difficult circumstances while others find resources within to survive and thrive. The German title "Trotzdem Ja zum Leben sagen" translates as "Nevertheless, say Yes to life".


The Repetition Compulsion

Why people live in dysfunctional patterns


The Need to Belong

People’s sense of social belonging, or their sense that they have good relationships with others, is a fundamental human need.
The Power of Social Belonging: https://www.psychologyinaction.org/psychology-in-action-1/2015/09/24/the-power-of-social-belonging


The Still Face Experiment


Developmental Trauma

The brain is meant to develop like a ladder, from the bottom-up. When stress responses (typically due to consistent neglect or abuse) are repeatedly activated over an extended period in an infant or toddler, sequential development of the brain is disturbed. The ladder develops, but foundational steps are missing and many things that follow are out of kilter.
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/expressive-trauma-integration/201808/what-is-developmental-trauma?platform=hootsuite
https://beaconhouse.org.uk/useful-resources/ (Image)


Our Secret Fantasies


What Causes Anxiety And Depression?


Esther Perel on Ghosting, Icing and Simmering in Relationships


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