Archive for April, 2007

Dont Miss “The Treatment” Directed by Oren Rudavsky

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

treatment1.gifPsychoanalysis gets a good rap for a change – “The shrink is in”

The Treatment

directed by Oren Rudavsky..

Chris Eigeman, Ian Holm, & Franke Janssen

based on the novel by Daniel Menaker.

A wise and witty film

Release Schedule:

New York — May 4th
Boston — May 25th
Philadelphia and New Jersey — June 1st
Los Angeles — June 15th
Chicago — June 29th

For More Info and Trailers Click Here

Beyond Medication, Toward Rehabilitation: The Role of the Psychiatrist By Martin Willick

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

Click Here to Read: Beyond Medication, Toward Rehabilitation: The Role of the Psychiatrist by Martin Willick.

This paper was presented on April 1, 2006 at the 21st Annual Schizophrenia Conference held at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University. In 2005 the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia established the Martin S. Willick Lectureship in Psychiatry to honor Dr. Willick for his work in organizing and running this annual conference. Dr, Willick was chosen to give the first in this series of honorary lectures. It was intended for a wide audience of mental health professionals, family members and patients.

Review of Crash by Merton Shill

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

Click here to Read Merton Shill’s review of the Movie Crash

Review of Brokeback Mountain by Merton Shill

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

Click here to Read Merton Shill’s review of the movie Brokeback Mountain

Review of The Girl with the Pearl Earing by Merton Shill

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

Click here to Read Merton Shill’s review of the movie The Girl with the Pearl Earing

Review of Nineteen Nineteen by Richard Gottlieb

Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

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Review of Perfume by Judith Mitrani

Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

Click here to Read Judith Mitrani’s review of the movie Perfume 

Review of Nineteen Nineteen By Arlene Kramer Richards

Friday, April 20th, 2007

Nineteen Nineteen
Reviewed by Arlene Kramer Richards

The wind drew off
Like hungry dogs
Defeated of a bone
Through fissures in
Volcanic cloud
The yellow lightning shone-
The trees held up
Their mangled limbs
Like animals in pain
When nature falls upon herself
Beware an Austrian.

Emily Dickinson Poem 1703 in: The Poems of Emily Dickinson. Edited by R.
W. Franklin. Cambridge MA: Harvard nd.

The storms clouds gathered in the presentiment of war and following
uneasy truce in Dickinson’s uneasy nineteenth century before and after the
War Between the States. They gathered again in Europe before and after the
First World War. And they gather now. Austria is the center of Europe-and
was especially so in 1919 when the divide between the Russian East and the
countries we know as Western Europe faced off against each other and
Russia’s revolution seemed to threaten the West as the West threatened
Russia. In that frightening atmosphere the Austro-Hungarian Empire looked
to Vienna for a center and a reason for being, Vienna trembled, and Freud
tried to figure out what was causing his patients’ anxiety and depression.
The first world war years were the background of the year 1919: war is
death and the anxiety of dying. That anxiety plays against the anxiety of
love. In Europe after the First World War as in Emily Dickinson’s New
England after the Civil War, when men go off to die, women are left to be
single for the rest of their lives.

On Time and Timelessness in Psychoanalysis by Charles Hanly

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

Click here to read “On Time and Timelessness in Psychoanalysis,” a work in progress by Charles Hanly.

“Capote”: A Story in 3 Films

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

Capote, based on Gerald Clarke’s biography, tells the story of Truman Capote’s writing of In Cold Blood. It covers the period from 1959, when Truman Capote becomes interested in writing an article for the New Yorker on the murder of an entire family in a farmhouse in Kansas, to 1965, when the killers are executed by hanging. The film unobtrusively gives us the pieces to put together the character and pathological narcissism of the central character. 1 Two other well known films intersect with this one to help us understand the childhood antecedents. (more…)

A Review of A Road to Unity by Leo Rangell, reviewed by Arnold Richards

Saturday, April 7th, 2007

Leo Rangell’s most recent book, The Road to Unity in Psychoanalytic Theory, Reviewed by Arnold Richards  Click Here to read review

What’s What, and Where

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

We are continually trying to improve on the functionality of the website and create a consistent structure so that you can easily find items of interest. In addition to commentary in the form of blog posts, you will also find blog postings about meetings, publications and such. Each posting is assigned to one or more categories, and the categories box toward the top left of your screen allows you to filter the front page to display blog posts from only a selected catagory. Because posts so quickly scroll off the page of a busy blog, we have also created a number of static pages that you may access from the menu buttons near the top of the page. Here is a brief description of what you will find on each of those pages. (more…)


Sunday, April 1st, 2007

Empathy — The ability to imagine oneself in another’s place and understand the other’s feelings, desires, ideas and actions. So simple, and yet so enigmatic! The development of empathy, the limitations of empathy, the influence of theory on empathy, and the role of culture in the determination and use of empathy were the four panel topics addressed at the Empathy Symposium on March 3 and 4, 2007, culminating with a final discussion by Glen Gabbard. Posted here at are selected streaming audio files from that conference.