Engaging the Themes of Temporality and Shame

A response to the volatile changes in dangerous times

We struggle to stay psychologically alive amidst the paralyzing realities of our everyday personal and professional existence. According to philosopher Bernard Stiegler, the only “life worth living” is immersion in the struggle against the unreflective stupidity, the “proletarianization of the mind,” to which we all have become inured by the hurly-burly of technics and late-state capitalism (2013). Could our struggle become more meaningful? What would be the basis of this kind of struggle? Certainly, in-depth reflection must be the basis of any level of authentic engagement.

– Ladson Hinton and Hessel Willemsen, Temporality and Shame

The New School for Analytical Psychology invites you to attend our Fourth Annual Public Event

Presented by

Ladson Hinton, MD; Hessel Willemsen, DClinPsych; Alexander Hinton, PhD; Eric Severson, PhD; and Sharon R. Green, MSSW

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
9:00 am – 4:00 pm (Registration from 8:30 – 9:00 am)


Eminent psychoanalysts Ladson Hinton, MD (USA) and Hessel Willemsen, DClinPsych (UK), the co-editors of Temporality and Shame: Perspectives from Psychoanalysis and Philosophy (Routledge, 2017), have engaged the creative minds of scholars from diverse disciplines of anthropology, philosophy, psychoanalysis, critical theory, cultural studies, literature, and theology, in working together to produce this timely and urgent volume.

Until now, the intersection of shame and temporality has been a largely neglected area of study, segregated within two separate disciplines of psychoanalysis and philosophy. From one perspective, we discover the inter-relationship of our human responses to unimaginable misery and trauma, when the flow of time and memory is often frozen, along with the incapacity of victims and perpetrators to bear the shame and the truth of the other’s–or their own–suffering. However, considered from another perspective, shame can be our greatest teacher and healer, and the re-collection of memories can open the flow of life into future possibilities.

Hinton and Willemsen’s book is also a response to the grave atmosphere of our times. The chaotic tension in our nation and world tends to obscure all reasoned discussion. There is a sense that we are no longer hanging onto the lip of the abyss but have fallen over it. Amidst these multiple pressing concerns, a central goal of this event is to provide a space for thoughtful engagement that will enhance a reflective and respectful discourse.

Diogenes (412-323 BC), a Greek philosopher who carried a lantern, always looking for an honest man. He loved dogs because of their honesty.

“Diogenes”, 1860, Jean-Léon Gérôme. Public domain.

About the Seminar

There will be morning and afternoon sessions where the co-editors, along with three chapter authors, Sharon R. Green, Alexander Laban Hinton, and Eric Severson, will be present. They will all describe some of their contributions to the book’s theme of shame and temporality, providing a springboard for dialogue about this critical moment in time and history. These presentations will engage our deepest concerns about the basic ground of what it means to be human in our troubled times, seen through the authors’ multi-disciplinary lenses, and we hope this will stimulate your thoughts and questions.

9:AM – 12: Noon

  • Introduction
  • Co-editors’ Opening Session
  • Presentations and responses by Drs. Hinton and Willemsen, followed by   generous time for audience participation comprise the first half of the program.

12:AM – 1:

Box Lunches provided

Temporality, Shame and Ethics: Reflections on Oedipus and Others
Ladson Hinton, MA, MD, (US)

Ladson Hinton trained in psychiatry at Stanford and served on the Stanford Clinical Faculty for twenty years. He is a graduate of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, and is a member of the Society of Jungian Analysts of Northern California, the International Association for Analytical Psychology, the Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, and a founder of the New School for Analytical Psychology in Seattle. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Analytical Psychology, and practices, consults and teaches in Seattle. In 2009, he received the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychoanalytic Education from the International Forum for Psychoanalytic Education and was nominated for the 2016 Gradiva Award for his article, ‘Temporality and the torments of time’ in the Journal of Analytical Psychology. Recent interests and publications are in the areas of French psychoanalysis, truth and shame, temporality, and the historical and philosophical grounds of psychoanalysis.

Temporality, shame and nothingness
Hessel Willemsen, DClinPsych, (UK)

Hessel Willemsen studied chemistry at Delft University, clinical psychology at Leiden University and completed his analytic training at the Society of Analytical Psychology (SAP), London, where he is a Training Analyst. He is on the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Analytical Psychology. A member of the International Association of Analytical Psychology he practices, teaches and consults in London. Recent interests include affect, the body, time, temporality and philosophy and the work of Primo Levi. He has published and taught on affect and the body.