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On Edge: Psychic Survival in the Face of Existential Anxiety

November 12, 2022 @ 10:00 am 11:30 am

Department of Continuing Education – Fall 2022 Series 

This event will be held on Zoom. Zoom link will be emailed to registrants on Thursday 11/10.


   How do we manage living our lives while so much seems to be threatening and uncertain around us? The pandemic and new variants, wars which could become nuclear, increasing polarization in the political and social spheres, climate change, shootings, etcetera.  Do we pay attention to all of this or is it too overwhelming? How do we manage to lead our lives, raise our children, do our work?  Should we be doing something? What?  

     This discussion-oriented workshop is a place for people to talk about how they are managing living with anxiety or keeping anxiety at bay–what helps, what might help?  How do individuals with different coping strategies manage in their family and friend relationships?  Is there a kind of “splitting” which we engage in in order to live our lives and even enjoy ourselves in the shadow of all of these threats?  To what extent does connecting with others in discussion of these anxieties help versus raise further anxiety? Does action help? What kind? With whom? 


Jane Snyder, Ph.D., Cert. Psya. is the President of the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis where she serves on the faculty and conducts training analyses and supervision. She has published on a variety of topics and has a longstanding interest in applying psychoanalysis to understanding the human condition and addressing problems of living in a social world. 

Questions? email continuinged@bgsp.edu or call (617) 277 – 3915

The Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis is accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education.