The international neuropsychoanalysis society holds congresses on an annual basis and this year is no different as they will have their 19th annual congress. The event is set to take place in Mexico City, Mexico from 31st August 2018-2nd September 2018.

The event will focus on the topic Repression and Defence.

The 19th annual congress

In Freudian psychology, the concept of repression and defence is one of the most discussed topics, yet it remains a mystery. This year’s congress aims to dig deeper into the subject to uncover information on aspects such as psychology, philosophy, psychoanalysis, and neuroscience. The information gathered from such exploits will enable us to understand the processes of repression and defence in a better manner.

Issues to be addressed:

Repression and memory

Many people feel that suppression has a link to the mind. How is that possible? The congress will look into whether the therapeutic change is dependent on the modification of a patient’s memory of past events.

Difference in aspects

NEUROPSA will also seeks to understand which issues of repression and defence are examinable through the use of psychological experiments and which ones occur solely in clinical situations.

repression and defence Factors

There are many cognitive factors, both conscious and unconscious, which play a part in suppression and denial and we would like to single out the ones with most effect. The matter of which neural mechanisms have a part to play in the process will be also reviewed.

The initiation of repression

When does repression begin? During the congress, we will seek to identify the development stage at which it starts. We can also find the relationship between suppression and other means of defence.

Speakers at the event

There will be speakers such as Cristina Alberini, Néstor Braunstein, Nikolai Axmacher, Ariane Bazan, Mark Solms, Oliver Turnbull and Maggie Zellner. You will also get awarded credit points for attendance.

This meeting took place in London, England as from the 13th of July 2017 to the 15th of July, 2017. The program featured credit hours for social workers, medical doctors, and psychologists who attended the talks.

The topic was Compulsion to Predict: The Development of the Self and Its Disorders. There were symposia, research sessions as well as keynote talks in abundance on the theme. The learning materials also had information on other fields in neuropsychoanalysis.

Anne Alvarez, Ron Britton, Mark Edwards, Peter Fonagy, Aikaterini Fotopoulou, Karl Friston, Sarah Garfinkel, Sid Kouider, Christoph Mathys, Eamon McCrory, Susan Mizen, Tobias Nolte, Leo Schilbach, Mark Solms, Manos Tsakiris, Yoram Yovell and Maggie Zellner.

The event brought together tons of leading psychologists, psychoanalysts, philosophers and neuroscientists who discussed the impact of our psychological pasts on our futures. The talks were very engaging, and many of those present chipped in.

The basis of the talks was that the brain is not a passive organ, but instead, it is active. As such, a mind can use previous experiences to predict what will happen in the future and prepare accordingly. There were various parts of the event which include the educational day, the Congress, the 'meet and greet,' the post-congress meeting, the debate and the optional dinner. Attendees had a fantastic time at the event, got to earn CPD points and took home a lot of information on brain development.

This event took place as from the 9th of July 2015 to the 12th of July 2015 in Amsterdam.

The topic discussed was plasticity and repetition. The argument was that in psychoanalysis, we come up with conditions for change. As such, once a patient undergoes treatment, they experience a variety of changes which may take the form of their defenses, how they view themselves and other changes which are beneficial to their well-being.

Plasticity in neuroscience was under study at the time of the Congress and the talks aimed at figuring out the workings of change in the field of psychoanalysis. There was also the issue of how such mechanisms would impact clinical studies.

Consciousness and the unconscious

Mark Solms made a presentation at the Pfeffer Center on 3rd of October in 2015 where he discussed the cognitive unconscious. His work sparked an interest in many scientists who wanted to explore the issue further. They held a meeting at the Arnold Pfeffer Center for neuropsychoanalysis of NYPSI on the 12th of December 2015 to discuss their takes on the presentation.

There are always events taking place in the organization and taking part in them not only adds to your credit points, but it also allows you to be part of the discussion as you gather more information that will benefit your studies in the time to come. Register for one of the events today and get to have your say.