Social Psychoanalysis and an Ethic of Repair

Social Psychoanalysis and an Ethic of Repair

Dr. Lynne Layton, Dr. Medria Connolly, and Dr. Bryan Nichols

Social Psychoanalysis and an Ethic of Repair

March 5th, 2022, 9-4pm

About this lecture

The program begins with a talk on what a social psychoanalysis might look like in the clinic and draws on some earlier psychoanalysts’ concepts that have connected the social world and the psychic world without reducing one to the other. Exploring identity formation in cultural contexts and within various power hierarchies, Dr. Layton introduces the concept of normative unconscious processes, a concept connecting the psychic and the social that specifically addresses the ways that racism, heterosexism, classism and other social inequalities are unconsciously enacted in the clinic and culture. We will then explore how therapists can resist unconsciously replicating such cultural inequalities. We will than take up the ways cultural inequalities are unconsciously reproduced in the wider circles of contemporary institutional and sociocultural life. In this part of the program, Dr. Layton, Dr. Nichols, and Dr. Connolly discuss the psychological case for reparations for slavery and its afterlives. Our conversations here, too, explore how we, as citizens and therapists, both unconsciously replicate and can resist replicating harmful, unequal relations. We will think together about how to address the places in our different subjective and communal worlds where harm has been done–and engage together on how to make repair.


250 W. Main St., Suite 201, Tustin, California, 92780

  • Social Psychoanalysis and an Ethic of Repair
    January 5, 2022 - March 5, 2022
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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