Why Georgia Governor Brian Kemp Loves Playing Dumb
…As a clinical psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, I’m often faced with untangling this question: Are people honestly unknowing—or pretending not to know?…
What Good Psychodynamic Therapy Is All About
The reverberations go well beyond the individual, fostering richer relationships, family life, and organizations. The ripple effect can help break the kinds of destructive cycles which, if left untreated, keep echoing through the generations.
Why Bother? A Psychoanalytic Graduation Speech
This is what we make conscious—the patterns that disable and limit people—the ones that give ulcers either to the individuals themselves or to recipients in their orbit.
The Battle of the Sexes Isn’t Over
In essence, women feel they’ve hit a “glass ceiling” in the home, pulling for an adversarial instead of a collaborative relationship over collective aspirations, goals and principles.
Behind the Couch: Uses and Misuses of Temptation
…while “major transgressions” such as sexual boundary violations have gotten a great deal of attention, “minor transgressions” of the type this panel was considering have been largely ignored, despite their being vastly more common….temptations are built into the very structure of the analytic situation. The question is not how not to be tempted, but what to do with analytic temptations.
Psychodynamic Diagnosis in the Era of the Current DSMs, with Arnold M. Cooper, M.D.
The creators of the new DSM have seriously handicapped psychiatric diagnosis by omitting some of the most useful and widely affirmed concepts in modern psychiatry—unconscious mental processes, intrapsychic conflict, and defenses. Constructing a diagnostic system without the use of these inferred, theoretical concepts limits the nosology…It is as if physicists were to decide that they could not discuss black holes or even electrons because these are inferences derived from theory…
Hollywood’s Hidden Morality Tale in The Hurt Locker vs. Avatar
In this last drama, the hidden one, Cameron starred in the leading role as brilliant megalomaniac/erratic ex-spouse/erratic father… By contrast, Bigelow co-starred as the gracious and principled heroine. Fostering her win was the perception of her as a class-act—a finer person…
The Hurt Locker vs. Avatar: Were the Academy Awards Small-Minded?
Would The Hurt Locker have won top Oscars over Avatar if it had been directed by a man?…Despite all of James Cameron’s riches and despite his gender, should his genius again have been rewarded?
Damon Evans’ UGA Fiasco: It’s Easy to Pile On
Damon Evans certainly dropped the ball, and this former wide receiver has been swiftly punished.
Breaking the Cycle: Troubled Kids in Failing Schools
Here is a clip from a day in the life of Eddie Morris, Ph.D., social worker extraordinaire, who has devised a remarkable approach for helping students in… troubled public schools.
Institute Advisory & Consultation Section of the DPE (IACS), with Jay S. Kwawer, Ph.D.
Our goal is to be tailored, nimble, and responsive to the needs of each institute, always with an appreciation that the needs of each may differ from all others.
Honoring Our Researchers—The APsaA Scientific Paper Prize, with Jonathan Shedler, Ph.D.
…the prize honors a small but growing cadre of psychoanalytic researchers whose work is crucial to the vibrancy of psychoanalysis…
Modern psychiatry integrated with contemporary psychoanalysis offers an enormously powerful body of knowledge for the relief of human suffering.