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Darian Leader
Darian Leader
BornAlameda County, California
OccupationPsychoanalyst and author
EducationSt Paul's School, London
Alma materDowning College, Cambridge
Notable worksLacan for Beginners, Why Do Women Write More Letters Than they Post?, Promises Lovers Make When It Gets Late
Notable awardsPresident of the College of Psychoanalysts, Trustee of the Freud Museum, and Honorary Visiting Professor in Psychoanalysis at Roehampton University

Darian Leader (b. Alameda County, California, 1965) is a British psychoanalyst and author.[1]

Leader was educated at St Paul's School in London, studied Philosophy at Downing College, Cambridge and then History of Science in Paris, where he also trained as an analyst.[2][3] He is a founding member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research (CFAR).[4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12]

Darian Leader is President of the College of Psychoanalysts,[13] a Trustee of the Freud Museum, and Honorary Visiting Professor in Psychoanalysis at Roehampton University.[14]



  • Lacan for Beginners, 1995, later editions with a changed title: Introducing Lacan (2000, 2005)
  • Why Do Women Write More Letters Than they Post?, 1996
  • Promises Lovers Make When It Gets Late, 1997[15]
  • Freud's Footnotes, 2000[16]
  • Stealing the Mona Lisa: What Art Stops Us from Seeing, 2002[17]
  • Why Do People Get Ill? Exploring the Mind-Body-Connection (with David Corfield), 2007[18][19][20][21]
  • The New Black. Mourning, Melancholia and Depression, 2008[22][23][24][25]
  • What Is Madness?, 2011[26][27][28][29]
  • Strictly Bipolar, 2013[30]
  • Hands: What We Do With Them - and Why, 2016[31]


  • 1998 'A Response to the Photographs.' In Henry Bond (ed.) The Cult of the Street (London: Emily Tsingou Gallery).
  • 1988 'Entries on psychoanalysis.' In "Fontana Dictionary of Modern Though" (London Fontana).
  • 1990 'Trahison ou Traduction du Trait Pervers'. In "Navarin" (Paris).
  • 1997 Phantasy in Klein and Lacan.' In "The Klein-Lacan Dialogues" (London Rebus Press; Eds Bernard Burgoyne and Mary Sullivan)
  • 1998 Lacan's Schema L, in 'Mapping the Soul, Models and Schemas in Psychoanalysis" (ed Bernard Burgoyne, London, Rebus Press)
  • 1998 'Beating Phantasies and Sexuation' in "Psychoanalysis and Sexual Difference" (ed "Renata Salecl", "Duke University Press".)
  • 2000 'Freud's Interpretation of Dreams', in "Waterstone's Guide to Literature", London, pp. 32-36.
  • 2003 'Lacan's Myths', in Jean-Michel Rabate, ed, "'The Cambridge Companion to Lacan'", (Cambridge University Press), pp.35-49.
  • 2004 'Can there be a monopoly on psychoanalysis?' in "'Who Owns Psychoanalysis?'", ed Ann Casement, London, Karnac Books.

Art Essays

  • 1998 'A Response to the Photographs' in Henry Bond, The Cult of the Street, Emily Tsingou Gallery, np.
  • 1999 'Body Swap', Marc Quinn, Hannover Kunstverein, np.
  • 2000 'Sculpture Between the Living and the Dead', in Marc Quinn, Milan, Prada Foundation, pp. 14-19.
  • 2002 'Animals Looking Sideways', in Olivier Richon, Royal College of Art.
  • 2002 'Eva Hesse', Tate Magazine, 2, pp. 78-81.
  • 2002 'The System of Rodney Grahams Costume Trilogy', in Rodney Graham, London, Whitechapel Gallery, pp. 35-43.
  • 2002 'Stealing the Mona Lisa, What Art Stops Us from Seeing', London, Faber and Faber.
  • 2003 'Out of Place', Art Review, 54, pp. 66-8.
  • 2003 'Elastic Band Reality', Modern Painters, 16, pp. 90-93.
  • 2003 'Drawing on Space', in Antony Gormley, Domain Field, Gateshead, Baltic, pp. 8-15.
  • 2003 'Anya Gallaccio', Modern Painters, 19.
  • 2003 'Drawing on Space in Domain Field at Winchester: Antony Gormley', Winchester, Hampshire Sculpture Trust, pp. 8-15
  • 2003 'Some Thoughts on Greenbergs Abstract, Representational, and So Forth', in Transmission, Speaking and Listening, ed Sharon Kivland and Lesley Sanderson, Sheffield Hallam University, pp. 15-21.
  • 2004 'Drawing in Space' in Antony Gormley, Making Space, Gateshead, Baltic, pp. 57-76
  • 2004 'What Turns Something into Something Else?' in Marc Quinn, Flesh, Irish Museum of Modern Art, pp.xi-xiv.
  • 2005 'The Double Life of Objects' in Cornelia Parker, Perpetual Canon, Stuttgart, Kerber Verlag, pp. 72-7.
  • 2005 'Sophy Rickett', Portfolio, 41, pp. 22-26.
  • 2005 'The Information', in Nigel Cooke, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York.
  • 2006 'Primal Scene Photography', in Bettina von Zwehl, Steidl/Photoworks
  • 2006 'The Architecture of Life', in Jane and Louise Wilson: Sealander, Haunch of Venison, Zurich
  • 2006 'Polymorphous Perverse: Tim Noble and Sue Webster', Time Out, 12 December
  • 2007 'Chop Chop', in Loukia Alavanou, Haas and Fischer, Zurich
  • 2008 'Life Painting' in Ed Cohen, Jeannie Freilich Gallery, New York
  • 2008 'Freudian Tales' in Alice Anderson, Artprojex, London
  • 2009 'Assault on the Egg' in Enrico David, Basel Kunstverein
  • 2009 'The Blank Page', in This is not a book about Gavin Turk, London, White Cube
  • 2009 'In Conversation with Jeff McMillan', The Possibility of an Island, Peer Gallery, London
  • 2009 'In Conversation with the Turner Prize artists', Tate Etc, forthcoming
  • 2009 'Forms of Attachment' in Martin Creed, Works, Thames and Hudson, London
  • 2010 On Antony Gormley, 'Being a Part of It', in Antony Gormley, 'One and Other', Jonathan Cape, London, pp. 312-7.
  • 2010 On Dawn Woolley, 'Cut-Outs', in 'Cut to the Measure of Desire', Cardiff n.p.
  • 2010 On Christian Marclay, 'Glue', in 'The Clock', White Cube, London n.p.
  • 2010 On Anish Kapoor, 'Turning the World Upside Down', in 'Turning the World Upside Down', Serpentine Gallery.
  • 2013 On Andrew Grassie, 'Looper', The Rennie Collection, Vancouver
  • 2016 On Nigel Cooke, 'Darian Leader in conversation with Nigel Cooke', Phaidon Press, London.

A list of journal articles can be found here.

See also


  1. ^ Susanna Rustin "Getting in Touch" The Guardian, 26 January 2008.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ 'Cambridge University Tripos results' Times, 10 July 1986.
  4. ^ Leader, D. (9 April 2009). "Talking therapy". Guardian. London.
  5. ^ Leader, D (2010). "Therapy shows us life is not neat or safe. So why judge it by those criteria?". University of Roehampton. Archived from the original on 13 May 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  6. ^ Leader, D. (9 September 2008). "A quick fix for the soul". Guardian. London.
  7. ^ Leader, D. (21 June 2011). "How psychiatry became a damage limitation exercise". Guardian. London.
  8. ^ Leader, D. (29 July 2011). "Anders Behring Breivik and the logic of madness". The Guardian. London.
  9. ^ Leader, D. "Darian Leader interviewed about the marketing of depression".
  10. ^ Leader, D. (2011). "What is Madness?". RSA. Archived from the original on 1 October 2013.
  11. ^ Leader, D. (6 November 2012). "Nail biting doesn't belong in psychiatry's list of OCD symptoms". Guardian. London.
  12. ^ Leader, D. (26 April 2013). "Bipolar memoirs: What have I done?". Guardian. London.
  13. ^ http://www.psychoanalysis-cpuk.org/HTML/About.htm%20
  14. ^ http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/Research-Centres/Research-Centre-for-Therapeutic-Education/Members
  15. ^ Radin, Victoria (19 November 1997). "Wednesday's Book: Promises Lovers Make When It Gets Late by Darian Leader". London: The Independent, Wednesday, 19 November 1997.
  16. ^ Faber, & Faber. "Freud's Footnotes: Darian Leader". 7 February 2000. Archived from the original on 16 September 2008.
  17. ^ Herman, David. "Stealing the Mona Lisa: what art stops us from seeing by Darian Leader". London: The Independent, Tuesday, 19 March 2002.
  18. ^ Appignanesi, Lisa (18 February 2007). "Sick in the head". London: The Observer, Sunday 18 February 2007.
  19. ^ Mantel, Hilary (24 February 2007). "All in the mind?". London: The Guardian, Saturday 24 February 2007.
  20. ^ Hanif Kureishi, Christopher Tayler (11 March 2007). "Christopher Tayler & Hanif Kureishi review Why Do People Get Ill?". London: The Telegraph, 11 March 2007.
  21. ^ Jeffries, Stuart (23 February 2007). "Talking cure". London: The Guardian, Friday 23 February 2007.
  22. ^ Leith, William (5 March 2008). "The New Black: Mourning, Melancholia and Depression by Darian Leader". London: The Telegraph, 12:02AM GMT 5 March 2008.
  23. ^ Kureishi, Hanif. "The Sadness Epidemic". New Statesman, 21 February 2008.
  24. ^ Appignanesi, Lisa (25 January 2008). "The New Black, By Darian Leader". London: The Independent, Friday, 25 January 2008.
  25. ^ Mantel, Hilary (2 February 2008). "Anatomy of melancholy". London: The Guardian, Saturday 2 February 2008.
  26. ^ Linklater, Alexander (9 October 2011). "What is Madness? by Darian Leader - review". London: The Observer, Sunday 9 October 2011.
  27. ^ Rose, Jacqueline (1 October 2011). "What Is Madness? by Darian Leader - review". London: \The Guardian, Thursday 29 September 2011.
  28. ^ Shakespeare, Nicholas (24 October 2011). "What Is Madness? by Darian Leader: review". London: The Telegraph, 24 October 2011.
  29. ^ Kureishi, Hanif (7 October 2011). "What is Madness?, By Darian Leader - Review". London: The Independent, Friday, 7 October 2011.
  30. ^ Linklater, Alexander (6 May 2013). "Strictly Bipolar by Darian Leader - review". London: \The Guardian, Monday 6 May 2013.
  31. ^ Baggini, Julian (13 June 2016). "Hands: What We Do With Them - and Why by Darian Leader - review". London: \The Guardian, Monday 13 June 2016.

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