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Woman & Love: Talk for International Women’s Day 2017

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Woman and Love

Why is love so important to women? Why are women supposedly more devastated than men when they separate? We are often told that women are very difficult to satisfy – if this is true, what has displeasure to do with femininity? Do women visit psychoanalysts more than men do? If so, is it because they suffer more? Is there any chance of finding a point of convergence between the “sexes”? Freud said that femininity is a dark continent, while Lacan described loving as giving something which you do not have. We will try to elucidate these enigmatic phrases and to shed some psychoanalytic light on femininity.

Biography: Iro Zoubopoulou (b. 1982) is a practising psychotherapist of Lacanian orientation. She is a graduate of the Department of Social Administration and Political Science of the Democritus University of Thrace-Greece, with a major in Social Work (‘04). After graduation she worked for two years in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece as a field worker, dealing with the integration problems of the Muslim minority. Following that she started working in community clinics with chronically mentally ill patients. Between 2007 and 2014 she worked as a full-time therapist at the Greek National Organisation Against Drugs (OKANA), treating drug addicts, gaining a wealth of experience in clinical cases. Since 2008, Iro has attended the clinical section of Athens, being an active member of the Lacanian School of Athens. She has presented clinical cases in one-day conferences and cartels, and has translated a number of articles. Since 2014, Iro has had her own private practice. She has been under analysis since 2008. She speaks French, English and Greek. She has been living in the UK, where she is currently studying for a master’s degree in psychoanalysis, since 2016.

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This talk is part of the Woman & Love: Talk for International Women’s Day 2017 series.

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