Trust Scientific Meeting: On complacency

Event overview

Julian Lousada will illustrate how complacency is an important but often unrecognized factor which can enter into our work with patients and also form part of the state of mind of the organisations of which we are a part. He will suggest that complacency can be insidious not least because it presents itself as so reasonable and plausible. 

A principle characteristic of complacency is its distortion of reality in the service of sustaining the status quo, that it is one of the crucial defences that can be deployed by individuals and organisations in the context of actual or anticipated change. It seeks to recruit ‘others’ to its cause - this can be difficult to resist. 

Speaker biography

Julian Lousada is a Psychoanalyst (BPA) and originally a social worker. He is the former Clinical Director of the Adult Department and former chair of the BPC. In additional to his clinical interests he has a long association with Group Relations and has directed and staffed conferences both nationally and internationally. He has published widely and co-authored  with Andrew Cooper “Borderline Welfare: Feeling and the fear of feeling in Modern Welfare”. 

Julian retired from the Tavistock after nearly 25 years and now is in private practice and still undertakes some organisational work. 


11:30 - 12:50: Talk 



Our Trust Scientific Series is for staff, students and alumni. 

15 June 2020 11:30 to 12:50