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Live In-Person Event
Freud Museum, London
Time (UK)
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Sunday, March 10, 2024

An Evening with Galit Atlas and Susie Orbach at the Freud Museum, London

Emotional Inheritance: Unpacking the legacy of trauma 

With Galit Atlas & Susie Orbach

Includes a drinks reception 

In this intimate, in-person conversation, the two acclaimed psychoanalysts Galit Atlas and Susie Orbach will discuss ideas from Galit's bestselling book Emotional Inheritance. A therapist, her patients and the legacy of trauma they will talk about family secrets, love, sexuality, the shameful and the forbidden, and the many ways in which we can locate the ghosts of the past that hold us back and interfere with our lives.  

In the last decade, contemporary psychoanalysis and empirical research have expanded the literature on epigenetics and inherited trauma, investigating the ways in which trauma is transmitted from one generation to the next and held in our minds and bodies as our own. In studying the intergenerational transmission of trauma, clinicians investigate how our ancestors’ trauma is passed down as an emotional inheritance, leaving a trace in our minds and in those of future generations. Galit and Susie will think together about what this means for the practice of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. 

There will be an opportunity for questions and comments from participants as well as time to explore the museum, and join a drinks reception on the ground floor.  


18.00 Arrival 

We look forward to welcoming you into the Freud Museum. Our team will be on the registration desk to welcome you. Before taking your seats for the interview you can explore the museum, including Freud’s consulting room and infamous couch, and immerse yourself into the beginnings of the discipline of psychoanalysis and consider how far it has come! 

18.15 Galit Atlas in conversation with Susie Orbach 

How do we inherit, hold, and process things that we don’t remember or didn’t experience ourselves? Can we really keep secrets from one another, and what do we pass on to the next generation?  The people we love and those who raised us live inside us; we experience their emotional pain, we dream their memories, and these things shape our lives in ways we don’t always recognize. We inherit family traumas, even those that we haven’t been told about 

19.00 Q&A
19.15 Drinks Reception in the Museum  

During the reception Galit will be signing copies of her book, Emotional Inheritance; A therapist, her patients, and the legacy of trauma. 

20.00 End