Michael Brearley OBE, Psychoanalyst and retired English Cricketer who captained Cambridge University, Middlesex, and England, will be joining Professor Sir Simon Wessely, RSM immediate Past-President, for a conversation about his career in cricket and psychoanalysis, his efforts to integrate different career pathways in sport and psychoanalytics, and to begin to articulate how sport at best is capable of encouraging encourages people to become the selves they have the potential to be.
Michael is a Psychoanalyst in London and previous President of the British Psychoanalytical Society (2008-2010), the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), and Chair of the World Cricket Committee. He has taught psychoanalytic topics at the Institute of Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalysis Unit at UCL, and abroad. He also writes and gives talks on psychoanalysis, films and sports.
Previously to his career as a Psychoanalyst, Michael captained Middlesex County Cricket Club for 12 years, he was selected to play for England at the age of 34, and from 1977 to 1980 he captained the team. He was recalled to captain against Australia in 1981 and retired from professional cricket in 1982. In 1985, Michael published ‘The Art of Captaincy’, and qualified as a psychoanalyst, and has worked as such since then. He has kept some connection with cricket as a part-time journalist and lecturer, becoming more involved from 2007.
Since 2018, Michael has written and published three books, ‘On Form’, ‘On Cricket’ and ‘Spirit of Cricket’, all aimed at integrating his passions for cricket and psychoanalysis.
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