Normalised Neglect and Privileged Abandonment - How elite boarding produces ‘Wounded Leaders’, and implications for treatment.
Psychotherapist, Psychohistorian, UCL Hon Research Associate.
Dispatched from home to elite schools, boarding children construct a defensively-organised ‘Strategic Survival Personality’, often masked by a confident, brittle veneer. Compensating for irredeemable loss, many ex-boarders display behaviours rooted in entitlement that transgenerational affects families and national leadership. Ignored, even by the psychological profession until recently, Boarding School Syndrome introduces a fast-growing client group to challenge even the experienced psychotherapist.
Nick Duffell, a psychotherapy trainer, psychohistorian and author, promotes a depth-psychology perspective on issues like identity, emotion and vulnerability that affect public life. He is best known for asserting – in three books over three decades – that boarding represents a trauma for children and a socio-political handicap for nations.
Tickets at the door only: £10 (refreshments included)