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"The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization." 
– Sigmund Freud

Forum 2:
Psychoanalytic Theory and Education

This forum brings together psychoanalysts, educators and other interested parties. The goal of this forum is to decode, synthesize and simplify psychoanalytic theory and find ways to make it useful for educators and young people. The presence of individuals unfamiliar with analytic language will motivate analysts to find ways to resolve their internal theoretical and methodological conflicts and share their understanding of human nature in jargon-free form. Human beings defend themselves against ideas and feelings that might prove disturbing, so one of the challenges for this group will be to discover appropriate ways to address conscious and unconscious fantasies, defenses and transferences, in ourselves and our colleagues, in a non-therapy environment.

A long-term goal of this forum might be to design an academic curriculum to study Human Understanding from elementary through graduate programs, and advocate for it.