February 22, 2019 (and 4 other dates), 7:30pm-10pm

Dates: October 26, November 30, 2018; January 25, February 22, April 5, April 26, May 31, 2019 (7 evenings)

  • Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – NOT absence of fear.
  • Nothing that grieves us can be called little: by the eternal laws of proportion, a child’s loss of a doll and a king’s loss of a crown are events of the same size.
  • The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.
  • Men sooner forget the death of their father than the loss of their patrimony.

It has been said that we are living in “the time of terror”. Unexpected, unspeakable and horrifying carnage occurs much too often practically anywhere (now even in “Toronto the good”), and so much of it is tied in with “acts of terror”. A terrorism charge can be more easily understood when carried out by terrorist entities that espouse a coherent and oft repeated set of ideas against avowed and well recognized “enemies”. What then of the times when one or more individuals cause wanton, guiltless and shameless destruction of life, limb and property – perpetrated in the name of fringe movements or anti-government ideologies or simply paranoid responses to conspiracies brought to “life” by internet subcultures with varying degrees of hurts and injuries?

As analysts we are challenged to try to understand these horrific events, and what causes a person to commit crimes of such ruthlessness and magnitude.

As often happens, cinema follows life. It is not surprising that in the last few years there have been many outstanding films dealing with the subject.

To illustrate and understand the topic, seven (mostly recent) films will be screened on a Friday, commencing promptly at 7:30 pm at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society, 40 St. Clair East, Suite 203. After a short break, the film’s discussant will present a formal paper that will lead the group into a general discussion.



Learning Objectives:

At the end of the course the participants will:

  1. Understand some of the determinants of group psychology that enable and perpetuate feelings of rage of one group or individual against others.
  2. Understand how rage is an easier (and more facile) substitute for sadness and working through of losses.
  3. Be familiar with ways of helping people engage in more mentalizing and reflection than action and rage.

Fees: $340
Preregistration is required. Registration limited to 50 participants.


Toronto, ON

Open to: All

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