7:30pm-9.00pm Fri 21 September 2018
Mary Lockett Lecture Theatre
Traumatic Dissociation of Aspects of The Feminine: an Asian Cultural Perspective
Speaker Aditee Ghate
This lecture explores the impact of the dissociated feminine principle resulting from the trauma of cultural displacement in a young Chinese woman keen to embrace a modern Western identity. A case study illustrates the outcome of the client both consciously and unconsciously rejecting the traditional stereotypical Chinese feminine identity and instead embracing the distorted, yet seductive, image of the Western (Caucasian) woman as independent, intellectual and confident. Her defensive denial of the traditional feminine was dealt with by intellectualising both personal and professional relationships. Then, unconsciously, the dissociated traditional feminine was projected into a separate aspect of her identity that held the traumatised feelings. The intellectualisation was eventually understood as being a necessary defence to cope with the cultural as well as geographical dislocation trauma. And with this realisation a space was created to accept and integrate the denied feminine—in a literal as well as a symbolic manner.
Aditee Ghate, an Analytical Psychologist, trained with the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP), Zurich, and is a member of ANZSJA. She works in 'depth-psychology'—helping individuals explore the relationship between the ‘conscious’ and the ‘unconscious’. Aditee specialises in transcultural psychoanalysis, especially relevant in the multi-cultural pot pourri that is modern Singapore where she lives. Her areas of specialisation are: Conscious living, Women's issues, Gender, Attachment (parent-child bonding), and being a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). In addition, as a trained and experienced facilitator of sensitivity-groups, Aditee has been helping people through group work engage with life's challenges. To find out more on what Aditee offers, please visit www.jaagran.org
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