The Royal Seven Stars, The Plains, Totnes

Arrival time: 7:30 for 8:00 to 10:00 

Entry: £5 at door

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Thursday 28th June, 7:30 for 8:00 to 10:00 pm

Paul Zeal on “Sex, Gender, and Beyond”

Human consciousness and intelligence have produced wonderful cultural attainments, but also epidemics of hubris, conflict and violence. Could it be that through a deep understanding of three polarities – male and female, masculine and feminine, yin and yang – a balance towards harmony could be found? Paul will critique the traditional psychoanalytic theory that all sexual arousal is masculine and the feminine only passive, suggesting instead that the feminine is itself energetic when tuned into and awakened. Following the ancient Taoist understanding of Yin (feminine) and Yang (masculine) Paul will present an alternative to male physical and sexual dominance and patriarchal values, with a vision of feminine-masculine interrelatedness embedded in Nature. 

Paul has been a psychoanalytic psychotherapist for forty-five years, holding senior executive and/or training positions, e.g. in Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy, UK Council for Psychotherapy, and Exeter University’s Psychodynamic Training Program. His publications include ‘Hazards to Desire’, ‘Staying close to the subject’, ‘Listening with many ears’, ‘Tao for troubled times’, and ‘Writing “I”’. He teaches Tai Chi, co-facilitates Systemic Constellation Workshops, and is a founding member of the Climate Psychology Alliance.


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