The Feeling of Guilt and the Genesis of the Superego: Zoom Seminar with Dr André Michels

The Feeling of Guilt and the Genesis of the Superego: Zoom Seminar with Dr André Michels

Date: Saturday January 15th, 2022.

Time: 10am – 12pm

Location: Online via Zoom

Registration Fee: €30

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In this paper Dr André Michels will read chapter seven of Freud’s Civilization and its Discontents in relation to the contribution of legal scholar Hans Kelsen’s* ‘The theory of State and social psychology: with special reference to Freud’s group theory’. To what degree is the legal aspect a genuine contribution to our understanding of the genesis of the superego as a clinical factor?

The seminar will include a discussion on the themes of guilt, the superego, drives, and trauma. The debate will revolve around the questions that participants send in advance to Dr André Michels or as they emerge during the discussion.

In order to benefit from the seminar, you are invited to read Civilization and Its Discontents and in particular chapter seven. If you have any questions in advance, please send them on to

The registration fee is €30. The seminar will take place on Zoom. The Zoom link will be sent before the seminar begins. To register please email or click on the following Eventbrite link:

*Hans Kelsen (1881-1973) was a jurist and a political philosopher born in Prague. He studied law in Vienna where he met Freud and contributed to the subject of social psychology. Due to his Jewish origins, he left Vienna and moved to Germany and later to the United States. He wrote the 1920 Austrian Constitution and has been very influential across Europe and Latin America.

Dr André Michels is a psychiatrist and a psychoanalyst in Paris and Luxembourg; member of Espace analytique (Paris), Après-coup (New York), Psychoanalytisches Kolleg (Berlin); author of numerous articles; editor of Actualité de l’hystérie (2001), Les limites du corps, le corps comme limite (2005), Norm, Normalität, Gesetz (2012).