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Viennese Psychotherapy: Sigmund Freud and his Protégés with Samuél Lopez-Barrantes

Viennese Psychotherapy: Sigmund Freud and his Protégés with Samuél Lopez-Barrantes


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Viktor Frankl and Alfred Adler were renowned theorists of the human condition. Both were protégés of Sigmund Freud and both proposed nuanced explanations of human behavior. Although their work is grounded in humanistic psychology (primarily focusing on human potential), Adler and Frankl’s theories also help explain humanity’s predilection for power and its capability for cruelty. The history of the last one hundred years is the history of individualism, nationalism, and megalomania.

The primary thinkers of the Viennese Schools of Psychotherapy—Sigmund Freud, Alfred Adler, and Viktor Frankl—each recognized the human desire for pleasure and power, but in contrast to Freud and Adler, only Frankl, an Auschwitz survivor who wrote one of the most important books ever written (Man’s Search for Meaning), believed that human behavior cannot be reduced to the simple satisfaction of drives and gratification of instincts. 

In this interdisciplinary seminar spanning social theory and history, author and Sorbonne professor Samuél Lopez-Barrantes will provide an overview of three foundational psychological theories about the human condition, with the goal of better understanding the human potential for goodness and cruelty. However, as the Holocaust scholar Christopher Browning makes clear, “to explain is not to excuse, and to understand is not to forgive.” 

Led by an expert in Holocaust Studies and social theory, this conversation will provide an overview of three important theories about the human condition: Freud’s “pleasure principle,” Adler’s “will to power,” and Frankl’s “will to meaning.” Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will leave this seminar with a deeper understanding of their own drives and motivations, as well as a useful philosophical framework for understanding the human condition. 

Samuél is a writer and musician who has lived in Paris since 2008. He holds an M.A. in European Society from University College London and an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Samuél teaches creative writing at the Sorbonne and is also in an American folk-rock trio, Slim & The Beast, which has toured extensively throughout Europe and has been featured numerous times in Rolling Stone France.

Not suitable for children under age 13 (sensitive content).

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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N. (Winter Park, US)
Excellent presentation

I learned a great deal thanks to this stimulating presentation. Samuel Lopez-Barrantes explains very intense material in a digestible manner and I have been musing on this topic and seminar since I watched it.

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R. (Fairport, US)
Introduction to a subject I know litte about!!!

I'm no scholar, but I really enjoyed this overview by a very qualified instructor! Taking complex topics and summarizing was very interesting. I like to learn something new every day, and this lecture checked that box. I now have added a few books to my "must read" list.

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G. (Chandler, US)
Psychoanalysis

The presentation held my attention thanks to the presenter. He simplified a complex area of study.

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J.L. (Los Angeles, US)
Bravo - another great lecture

Such an interesting / compelling topic - well done lecture for 90 minutes.

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C. (Hofheim am Taunus, DE)
Outstanding discussion

This was a brilliant summary of Sigmund Freud and his proteges, including a very interesting focus on Viktor Frankl, his life (Holocaust survivor) and his logo-therapy (everyone's constant search for the meaning of their own lives). The concept that human beings are capable of both love and hate, i.e., that anyone is capable of crimes against humanity, was also discussed. These are very important subjects that are very relevant to the world in which we are currently living (promulation of conspiracy theories, abuse of social media, denial of the Holocaust, increasing violence, threats to our democracies). These are subjects that we should all be thinking about today, and that should be taught in all schools.

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
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N. (Winter Park, US)
Excellent presentation

I learned a great deal thanks to this stimulating presentation. Samuel Lopez-Barrantes explains very intense material in a digestible manner and I have been musing on this topic and seminar since I watched it.

R
R. (Fairport, US)
Introduction to a subject I know litte about!!!

I'm no scholar, but I really enjoyed this overview by a very qualified instructor! Taking complex topics and summarizing was very interesting. I like to learn something new every day, and this lecture checked that box. I now have added a few books to my "must read" list.

G
G. (Chandler, US)
Psychoanalysis

The presentation held my attention thanks to the presenter. He simplified a complex area of study.

J
J.L. (Los Angeles, US)
Bravo - another great lecture

Such an interesting / compelling topic - well done lecture for 90 minutes.

C
C. (Hofheim am Taunus, DE)
Outstanding discussion

This was a brilliant summary of Sigmund Freud and his proteges, including a very interesting focus on Viktor Frankl, his life (Holocaust survivor) and his logo-therapy (everyone's constant search for the meaning of their own lives). The concept that human beings are capable of both love and hate, i.e., that anyone is capable of crimes against humanity, was also discussed. These are very important subjects that are very relevant to the world in which we are currently living (promulation of conspiracy theories, abuse of social media, denial of the Holocaust, increasing violence, threats to our democracies). These are subjects that we should all be thinking about today, and that should be taught in all schools.