Psychoanalysis and Brexit

Since the EU referendum in June 2016 there have been a number of attempts, including my own contributions on this site, to look at how psychoanalysis can help us make sense of Brexit.  I think at this point it might be helpful to take a closer look at the kinds …

The psychopathology of Brexit?

As I pointed out in a previous writing on this subject the term ‘psychopathology’ is not meant in a derogatory sense, i.e. implying that those individuals who voted to leave the EU in June 2016 were somehow ‘deluded’ (and likewise for those who voted to remain).  Rather, it is to …

Lone wolves?

The recent attack on the Finsbury Park mosque by Darren Osborne has rekindled the whole argument regarding so-called ‘lone wolf’ terrorists. The Times was the first out of the gate with the headline “Jobless ‘lone wolf’ Darren Osborne held over attack on Finsbury Park mosque”. Other media reports were quick …

Liberal democracy hung out to dry

Last night’s ‘shock’ election result which has left the UK with its second hung parliament within the space of seven years has not only upset the usual suspects (the political class, the commentariat, Daily Mail and Telegraph readers, etc) but also all those people who thought there was a direct …

Take another walk down Heaven Street

First the Brexit vote, then Trump, and now…..the real possibility of two right-wing populist mainstream European governments within a couple of months of each other.  I’m referring of course to the upcoming French elections and the ‘surprise’ British general election that Teresa May called yesterday.  ‘Surprise’ to whom, one wonders?  …

‘English’ or ‘European’? The trauma behind Brexit

Special guest posting by Sarai Allen The previous post on the subject of right-wing populism discussed and critiqued Jay Frankel’s paper that made the argument for right wing working class Americans identifying with the aggressor.  This was based on Frankel’s reading of Ferenczi’s paper on this subject.  In this post …