Archive for May, 2007

Review of Lydia Flem’s “Freud, the Man”

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

I decided to review Freud the Man, an intellectual biography by Lydia Flem after I read
and reviewed the Peter Kramer biography of Freud. It seemed to me that Kramer and Flem were not writing about the same Freud… Click here to Read

The Brain That Changes Itself

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

“The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science” is the title of a book by Norman Doidge about the current revolution in neuroscience reviewed in today’s The New York Times by Abigail Zuger, M.D. “The credo of this revolution is neuroplasticity — the discovery that the human brain is as malleable as a lump of wet clay not only in infancy, as scientists have long known, but well into hoary old age.

Take note of third from last paragraph:

For neuroplasticity may prove a curse as well. The brain can think itself into ruts, with electrical habits as difficult to eradicate as if it were, in fact, the immutable machine of yore. Sometimes “roadblocks” can be created to help steer its activity back in the desired direction (like bandaging the stroke patient’s good arm). Sometimes rewiring the circuits requires hard cerebral work instead; Dr. Doidge cites the successful Freudian analysis of one of his patients.

Click here to read the review

Understanding the Mind of Your Bipolar Child

Monday, May 28th, 2007

Gregory T. Lombardo’s “Understanding the Mind of Your Bipolar Child” was reviewed in Psychiatric Times (May 01, 2007 Vol. 24 No. 6). Reviewer Amy E. West concludes:

This book is highly recommended as an excellent resource for parents of patients and for health care professionals who work with children and families affected by bipolar disorder. In particular, the book will benefit those who want to understand the disorder’s emergence within a comprehensive developmental framework.

To read the whole review click here.

Blog News

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

Announcing two new features at

The first is conceptual — we call it our blogs-within-a-blog. Several commentators have stepped up as editors for posts relating to:

psychoanalysis and movies — Herbert H. Stein and Anita Katz (co-editors)
psychoanalysis and art — Danielle Knafo
psychoanalysis and music — Julie Jaffee Nagel
psychoanalysis and books — Joseph Reppen

These editors will be post their own pieces as well as pieces submitted by you. If you’d like to submit a piece for posting, please send it via email to Tamar Schwartz and include the editor’s name in the subject line.

Book Mark Our Book Mart: The second new feature is our Book Mart, accessible from the link on the horizontal menu (a/k/a dashboard) up top. To start off, Book Mart will feature a short list of recommended books at discounted prices, but we hope that the list will grow to include more titles and even some journals. In addition, we can get for you titles from IUP that are not available anywhere else. Tamar Schwartz can take your credit card order via email or telephone.

Another blog you might find of interest

Monday, May 21st, 2007

Dr. Richards has asked me to bring to your attention a blog he found of interest. Psyche, Science, and Society — Blog of Stephen Soldz: Psychoanalyst, Psychologist, Researcher, and Activist. One of Soldz’ recent postings features a video: “Obedience, the classic film on the Milgram experiments on obedience to authority.”

To find Soldz’ blog easily in the future (after it scrolls off our main page here) I have added it to the quick links down the left sidebar, under the “Blogs” heading. I have also added a link directly to the Google site hosting the video on the static page currently called Media that you can access by clicking on the Media button on the horizontal menu bar (a/k/a dashboard) toward the top of our blog.

“Echo, Self-object and Love” By Martin Bergmann

Sunday, May 20th, 2007

Click Here to Read: “Echo, Self-object and Love” Paper given by Martin Bergmann at 31st Annual Scientific Conference at Washington Square Institute on Sunday, February 25, 2007.

Bobby Kennedy ordered Marilyn Monroe’s murder by lethal injection

Saturday, May 19th, 2007


Click Here to Read:  Bobby Kennedy ordered Marilyn Monroe’s murder by lethal injection to prevent her from revealing her torrid affairs with RFK and JFK: New book sensationally claims to have finally solved the mystery surrounding her death on the by Caroline Howe on Daily Mail website on May 16, 2014.

Click Here to Read:  Review of The Last Days of Marilyn Monroe by David H. Wolfe, Reviewed by David Marshall on the Camera Website.

Click Here to Buy:   Marilyn Monroe on the Couch: Inside the Mind and Life of Marilyn Monroe by Alma Bond.


Music as Simulacrum of Mental Life by Stuart Feder

Saturday, May 19th, 2007

Click here to Read: Music as Simulacrum of Mental Life by Stuart Feder, M.D.

Links to the music mentioned in this paper: 

Franz Schubert Piano Sonata in A Major Opus 120

Franz Schubert Impromptu #1 In C  

Review of Peter Kramer’s Book: “Freud, the Inventor of the Modern Mind”

Friday, May 18th, 2007

Click here to Read my review of Peter Kramer’s Book: “Freud, the Inventor of the Modern Mind”

Review of the Movie “Eyes Wide Shut”

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

My film review essay, “Stanley Kubrick’s swan song: Eyes wide shut” was translated by Karen Christenfeld and published in Int.Jnl.Psycho-Anal. (2004), 85: 209-218.
© Institute of Psychoanalysis, London, UK. It is posted here by permission.
Click here to read.

Yale Kramer on “Munich”

Sunday, May 13th, 2007

Click here to Read Yale Kramer’s review, entitled “Indiana Spielberg and His Jewish Problem,” of the movie “Munich”

High Noon preparing for Midnight

Sunday, May 13th, 2007

We cannot literally put Marshal Will Kane on the analytic couch, but he has much in common with a young man who was analyzed by Dr. Arlow.

With much thanks to the members of the NY chapter of the Psychoanalytic Study of Film who discussed this film in June, 1999. (more…)

Washington Square Institute Lecture On Narcissism by Arnold Richards

Saturday, May 12th, 2007

Click here to read the paper “The Many Faces of Narcissism: Theory, Treatment and Nosology A Personal Journey” I gave at 31st Annual Scientific Conference at Washington Square Institute on Sunday, February 25, 2007.

APM on the body symposium–register here

Sunday, May 6th, 2007

The Association for Psychoanalytic Medicine
The society affiliated with Columbia University
Invites you to attend a symposium
On the body, May 6-7, 2016
Stern Auditorium, Mount Sinai Medical Center
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A Review of “The Road to Unity” by Leo Rangell by Arthur Lynch

Saturday, May 5th, 2007

Click Here to Read: Arthur Lynch’s review of “The Road to Unity” by Leo Rangell

AAPCSW Alienation Conference May 21st, 2016: Register Here Online

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

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