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Abstract Alfonso, César

Key Lecture
Overcoming Hatred and Xenophobia – Psychodynamics of Violence and Aggression

This lecture will review the contributions of social scientists, philosophers and psychoanalysts to our understanding of xenophobia and associated concepts. The presenter will describe what is meant by xenophobia, ethnocentrism, anomie, aphanisis and xenophilia.  The speaker will summarize relevant contributions of Freud, Fromm, Lacan, Jones, Bowlby, Fonagy and Durkheim, and will contrast the work of Darwin and Kroppotkin, in order to better understand motivations, determinants and clinical and sociocultural implications of xenophobia. He will explore how oppression caused by socioeconomic divide and class differences may result in resentment with the potential for acted out rage, and understand how psychotherapy and corrective emotional experiences serve as opportunities to earn attachments.

  • M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center
  • Visiting Professor of Psychiatry, National University of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
  • Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta
  • Chair, World Psychiatric Association Psychotherapy Section
  • Secretary, World Psychiatric Association Psychoanalysis in Psychiatry Section
  • Chairperson, USA Regional Branch of the World Association for Dynamic Psychiatry
  • Deputy Editor, Psychodynamic Psychiatry
  • Chief Psychiatrist, Lighthouse Guild Behavioral Health Program

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