Coline Covington obituary


My good friend Coline Covington, who has died aged 70 of a mind tumour, was a distinguished Jungian psychoanalyst who wrote books and articles combining psychoanalytic concepts with political and social concept. Lots of them explored giant themes equivalent to id, evil and patriotism.

After learning political concept at Princeton College and for a diploma (now MPhil, 1976) on the Institute of Criminology, Cambridge College, she gained a PhD (1980) from the London College of Economics with a thesis on juvenile crime. In 1975 she helped arrange the primary victim-offender mediation undertaking within the UK with the Metropolitan police.

Having written two books on Carl Jung’s affected person Sabina Spielrein, she was delighted when the actor Keira Knightley, who was enjoying the a part of Spielrein within the 2011 movie A Harmful Technique, visited her to study extra concerning the character. Her different books embrace Shrinking the Information: Headline Tales on the Sofa (2014) and For Goodness Sake: Bravery, Patriotism and Id (2020). She was additionally concerned within the Worldwide Dialogue Initiative, a thinktank based to carry politicians and psychoanalysts collectively to attempt to perceive the impact of trauma and anxiousness on political conflicts.

Born in North Carolina, to Coline (nee Smith), a journalist and editor of Glamour journal, and Treadwell Covington, a movie producer and composer, Coline stated she barely wore garments till she was 4, and when her household moved first to Florida after which to New York she typically needed to interpret her mom’s sturdy southern accent for locals. She attended Chapin faculty in New York Metropolis.

Coline was married twice: to the literary agent Anthony Sheil in 1983, after which in 2002 to the artwork restorer Simon Gillespie, with whom from the next yr she ran an artwork dealership in Islington. Each marriages resulted in divorce.

Recognized for her elegant gown sense, Coline loved meals, theatre, opera and artwork, and displayed an astonishing capability for onerous work. She carried out a full therapeutic apply for 43 years alongside her many different actions, and continued working with sufferers till two months earlier than she died.

At her want, Coline’s most up-to-date e book, Who’s to Blame? Collective Guilt on Trial, might be launched at a memorial occasion for her in London.

She was dedicated to her goddaughter, Clelia Warburg Peters, who taken care of her in her ultimate weeks.


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