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No Choice But To Act


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Presented by Coline Covington, Ph.D., on March 13, 2021

In the midst of atrocities, there is the silent presence of those brave individuals who act and stand apart from the crowd, who risk their own lives by rescuing others, and in other ways, by voicing their dissent.  The actions of these exceptional individuals raise questions as to why they were able to do what they did and why other people don’t.  If we look more closely at the histories of these individuals, we discover that they may not be as exceptional as we think, and that bravery can take different forms in different contexts.

Through the use of clinical material and recorded interviews, this presentation will explore the unconscious dynamics that determine acts of bravery.

Coline Covington, Ph.D., a Jungian analyst in private practice in London, is a Training Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology and the British Psychotherapy Foundation, and former Chair of the British Psychoanalytic Council.  For several years, Coline has combined her background in political science and criminology with her psychoanalytic practice and thinking.  Since 2007 Coline has been a Fellow of the International Dialogue Initiative, which applies psychoanalytic concepts to the understanding of political conflict and the effects of trauma on political behavior.  Coline has been writing a triology on morality and the unconscious.  Author of Everyday Evils:  A Psychoanalytic View of Evil and Morality (2017), For Goodness Sake:  Bravery, Patriotism and Identity (2020), her third book, The Political Morality of Collective will be published in 2022.