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At the 2018 annual meeting of the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society (APCS), held at Rutgers University, Dr. Matt Bowker presented some of his current research on public fantasies of destruction, survivor guilt and survivor groups. (Dr. Bowker also serves as an Associate Editor of APCS’s journal: Psychoanalysis, Culture, and Society.)

Dr. Bowker’s paper argues that fantasies about destruction in the world outside can be used both to express and to hide emotional experiences of desolation and loss. The assignment of guilt to the self and others for such destruction typically involves individuals and groups in dramas of justice-seeking whose unconscious aims may differ substantially from their stated ones.

Dr. Bowker’s research on this subject forms a part of his forthcoming book, co-authored with David Levine, entitled, “The Destroyed World, the Guilty Self, and the Search for Home.”

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