FREE Public Lecture
By Dr. Alfried Längle


Nobody sees me! – On the Pain of Hysteria
Existential Dynamics and Therapy of Histrionic Disorder

Hysteria is widespread. It can infect whole societies, but also individual persons – children and adults – and can bring on exaggerated reactions or even physical illnesses.  Although it may manifest itself somatically, we are actually dealing with an unbearable emotional suffering that is so well hidden that it can hardly be detected from the outside.  This is the reason for why hysteria appears ridiculous, which in turn only increases its suffering.  The heart of hysterical suffering turns around the fact that persons with hysteria are lost inwardly in their pain and are insufficiently seen by others.  This presentation will elaborate on the origins of hysteria and will explain its emergence within normal human development.  Different forms of hysteria will be introduced briefly.  Following this, treatment guidelines for dealing with hysterical behaviour will be elaborated.  Although there is a focus on the suffering and illness of hysteria, this disorder – which frequently leaves us feeling helpless and confused – ultimately can offer interesting and exciting insights into the human psyche.

Date: 15 February, 2018
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Cost: FREE
Location: Block Hall, Neufeld Science Centre, Trinity Western University, Langely, B.C. (Click here for map)



Alfried LaengleFor those who are not familiar, Alfried LÄNGLE, M.D., Ph.D., Dr. h.c.mult., professor for psychotherapy, born in 1951 in Austria, studied medicine and psychology and works in private practice in Vienna as psychotherapist. Close collaboration with Viktor Frankl from 1983 to 1991. Founder of the International Society for Logotherapy and Existential Analysis (Vienna) and its psychotherapeutic training program. Constant lecturer at Austrian Universities and since 2000 of Moscow, Mendoza, Santiago de Chile. Since 2004 faculty member and professor of applied psychology (psychotherapy) at Moscow’s HSE-university and guest professor at Vienna’s Sigmund Freud university (2011). Vice President of the International Federation of Psychotherapy (IFP – 2002-2010) and President of the International Society for Logotherapy and Existential Analysis, Vienna. Over 300 publications, five honorary professorships. (www.laengle.info)

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