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Normalised Neglect and Privileged Abandonment - How elite boarding produces ‘Wounded Leaders’, and implications for treatment.

  • ath Royal Literary & Scientific Institute (BRLSI) 16-18 Queen Square Bath, England, BA1 2HN United Kingdom (map)

Nick Duffell

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)

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