Publications

Wendy Jacobson, M.D.

Why Bother? A Psychoanalytic Graduation Speech

The American Psychoanalyst
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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.

Wendy Jacobson, M.D.

The Battle of the Sexes Isn’t Over

Huffington Post
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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.

Wendy Jacobson, M.D.

Behind the Couch: Uses and Misuses of Temptation

Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association
Panel Report
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…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.

Wendy Jacobson, M.D.

What Good Psychodynamic Therapy Is All About

Huffington Post
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It is not implausible to say that much of the failure in the world is a failure of psychology, a failure to make our principles relevant and achievable as tools of enlightened self-interest.

Wendy Jacobson, M.D.

Psychodynamic Diagnosis in the Era of the Current DSMs, with Arnold M. Cooper, M.D.

Psychodynamic Treatment Research, Basic Books
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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…

Wendy Jacobson, M.D.

Hollywood’s Hidden Morality Tale in The Hurt Locker vs. Avatar

Huffington Post
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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…

Modern psychiatry integrated with contemporary psychoanalysis offers an enormously powerful body of knowledge for the relief of human suffering.

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