Michael Guy Thompson, PhD,
is a psychoanalyst who worked with R.D. Laing for many years. He continues to work with extreme states, and has been training therapists for more than 30 years. His books include The Death of Desire: An Existential Study in Sanity and Madness.
R.D. Laing devoted his career to exploring the nature of intimacy in both its emancipatory and demonic editions. In this year’s workshop, we will focus on one of Laing’s favorite themes: the nature of love. We will explore the various kinds of love including erotic, spiritual, and sacrificial, and the variety of contexts in which we encounter it. We will ask, how does love manifest in the therapy relationship? Does love heal or drive us mad? In what measure does a broken heart result in neurotic or extreme states? What is the relation between love and happiness?