Affiliated member of the WPA – World Psychiatric Association

Aspects of not felt anxiety

Astrid Thome

The lecture describes the anxiety deficit as conceptualised by Günter Ammon and his colleagues as one besides others component of a structural understanding of the human being. Is it still epistemiologically meaningful? Do we need it? Psychiatric analogies to not felt fear/anxiety will be discussed in more detail, as well as our own studies that show a marked anxiety deficit (comparison of ISTA results and FDS) the more severe the trauma in a person’s history and the more pronounced the dissociative mechanisms. Likewise, since it seems to belong here, an attempt will be made to decode the concept of ‘fetishistic denial’ (Freud and Lacan) as a group-dynamic and, secondarily, as a psychodynamic moment anchored in the individuals. Generally speaking, it is about anxiety as a perception-, relationship- and contact-intensifying and vital principle that receives little attention everywhere and is itself subject to denial.

Dipl.-Psych. Astrid Thome, M.A.

studied German literature, philosophy (Munich) and psychology (Regensburg/Munich)

11 years member of the Department of Psychological Research and Diagnostics at Dynamic Psychiatric Hospital Menterschwaige (Munich)

Psychoanalyst at the German Academy for Psychoanalysis (DAP) since 1995

Head of the German Society for Group Dynamics and Group Psychotherapy (DGG)

Head of the Munich Training and Research Institute (LFI) of the German Academy for Psychoanalysis (DAP)

Psychoanalyst and group therapist in private practice in Augsburg since 2000

Publications in the field of ego structure, destructiveness and analytical group psychotherapy and group dynamics