Susie Orbach, Chair of the Relational School (U.K), brings a psychoanalytic lens to a series of social, policy, interpersonal and individual concerns around post-modern femininity.
She has written much about women's psychology and the construction of femininity, gender, the making of the body, psychoanalysis and social policy, eating difficulties, obesity to anorexia, women and brands, globalism and body image, emotional literacy in business, education and government.
She is concerned particularly with the way in which psychological symptoms which are physically expressed -such as eczemas, hysterical paralyses and eating difficulties- have moved from being the somatic manifestation of emotional issues to indications of disturbed bodies that are experienced as unplotted and unstable.
Specifically within psychoanalysis, her interests include the body, gender, counter-transference and the psychotherapy relationship. She has been consultant to the World Bank and is currently consultant to the National Health Service of the United Kingdom and to Unilever. Her current work examines the shift from the post-industrial to the pre-precision engineered body.