Society of Analytical Psychology Boarding School Syndrome | Oxford | 10th June 2017
Boarding School Syndrome: The Psychological Trauma of the ‘Privileged’ child: Professor Joy Schaverien
Date – 10/06/2017
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Oxford – Friends Meeting House
In her book published in 2015 Joy Schaverien identified a cluster of symptoms and behaviours which she proposes be classified as ‘Boarding School Syndrome’. Children, girls as well as boys, may be sent to boarding school at an early age. This sudden and irrevocable loss of their primary attachments constitutes a significant trauma for many. Bullying and sexual abuse may follow, rendering new attachment figures unsafe. To adapt to the system, a defensive and protective encapsulation of the self may be acquired; the true identity of the person then remains hidden. This pattern may continue into adult life, distorting intimate relationships. In psychotherapy the transference dynamics may replay the hidden childhood trauma of repeated losses.
This talk will be illustrated with pictures made by patients in psychotherapy.