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Summer School - On the Psychopathology of Everyday Life, 27 July - 3 August 2019, University of Oxford, UK

Publish Date: Jan 17, 2019

Deadline: May 01, 2019

Event Dates: from Jul 27, 2019 12:00 to Aug 03, 2019 12:00


Reconsidering Freud’s groundbreaking ideas in the context of the modern world with its challenges and demands provides the opportunity to think about this statement and how contemporary society shapes our inner and external lives and what the central psychological pressures are today.

Programme details

Session 1

Freud’s original and foundational work contextualised in his time. Some consideration of the translation from original German to English will also be included.

Session 2

Continuation of discussion of Freudian ideas and their current relevance using examples like ‘a Freudian slip’.

Session 3

Psychopathology then and now. From hysteria to borderline/narcissistic ‘acting out’.

Session 4

Neurosis, psychosis, personality: from neurosis to the ‘worried well’.

Session 5

Character styles, features, traits or full blown personality disorders with special attention to narcissism in its many guises.

Session 6

Other forms of the continuum of personality disorders such as anxiety disorder and the managing of anxiety by obsessive/compulsive symptoms.

Session 7

Managing and regulating our affects continued by various internal and external behaviours.

Session 8

The central findings from research into  the efficacy of psychotherapy and neuroscience; our need for relationship.

Session 9

Navigating our human needs and wishes as well as our anxiety about psychological survival in a digital era.

Session 10

Cyber psychology: the advantages and disadvantages of living with the internet, mobile phones, Facebook, Twitter, and all the other social media as well as TV, online streaming and so on in our daily lives.

Session 11

Cyber psychology continued: real/unreal/ imaginary .Our fantasies and the impact of online dating.

Session 12

Overall conclusions: Summing up what has changed in our daily lives what we consider normal and how we think about our human dilemmas and our ever search for happiness.


Programme Fee (No Accommodation - inc. Tuition, Lunch & Dinner): £820.00
Programme Fee (Standard Single Room - inc. Tuition and Meals): £1430.00
Programme Fee (Standard Twin Room - inc. Tuition and Meals): £1200.00
Programme Fee (Superior Single Room - inc. Tuition and Meals): £1540.00
Programme Fee (Superior Twin Room - inc. Tuition and Meals): £1295.00


Diana Shmukler is a Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Psychotherapy, teacher, supervisor and clinician. She has published and lectures widely giving workshops in the UK, Europe and Australia on Developmental Psychology, Psychotherapy, Supervision, Counselling and Consulting in addition to working with individual clients.

Course aims

The aim of this course is to provide a broad picture of human functioning thinking about what is normal behaviour as well as the problematic as we continually attempt to satisfy the needs deeply embedded in our nature.

Teaching methods

All summer school courses are taught through group seminars and individual tutorials. Students also conduct private study when not in class and there is a well stocked library at OUDCE to support individual research needs.

Assessment methods

Students are assessed during the summer school by either a 1500 word written assignment or a presentation supported by individual documentation. To successfully gain credit (10 CATS points) students should attend all classes and complete the on-course assignment. There is also a pre-course assignment of 1000 words set. Although this does not count towards credit, it is seen as an important way of developing a student's ideas and therefore its completion is mandatory.

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