Archive for July, 2007

Daniel Widlocher’s Paper from the IPA Meeting in Berlin

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

Click here to read:  Daniel Widlocher, Past-president of the International Psychoanalytic Association’s Contribution to the Panel: “What Do We Mean By Working Through?” at the International Psychoanalytic Association’s Meeting in Berlin, July 26th, 2007. 

Charles Fisher Interview by Arnold Richards Part III: From LA to Chicago to DC to NYC

Saturday, July 28th, 2007

Click here to read my interview with Charles Fisher Part III: From LA to Chicago to DC to NYC

Letters Between David Rapaport and Robert Holt: 1948-1950

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

 The Rapaport-Holt Letters

A Master-Student Collaboration on Psychoanalytic Theory

During the final 12 years of his life, David Rapaport left the Menninger Foundation and moved to the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA.  He kept touch with former students and colleagues in Topeka, but most frequently with the one who had been most inspired to try to follow in his footsteps, Robert R. Holt.  In this collection of their correspondence, one can follow the interlocked final and most productive years of a master of psychoanalytic theory, and the early-mature developmental phase of a (more…)

Steven Ellman’s Review of Howard Shevrin’s Subliminal Explorations of Perception, Dreams, and Fantasies: The Pioneering Contributions of Charles Fisher

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

Click here to read: Steven Ellman’s Review of Howard Shevrin’s Subliminal Explorations of Perception, Dreams, and Jantasies: The Pioneering Contributions of Charles Fisher. This article was originally published in the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. Used with Permission.©2005, American Psychoanalytic Association. All Rights Reserved.

Melvin Lansky’s Discussion from Symposium 2006: On Shame

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

Click here to read: Melvin Lansky’s Discussion from Symposium 2006: On Shame

Elizabeth Carr’s Paper from Symposium 2006: Shame and Abuse: A Contemporary Self Psychological Relational Perspective

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

Click here to read: Elizabeth Carr’s Paper from Symposium 2006: Shame and Abuse: A Contemporary Self Psychological Relational Perspective

The Introduction by Cyril Levitt to: The Mystery of Sacrifice or Man is what he eats by Ludwig Feuerbach

Monday, July 16th, 2007

Click here to read: The Introduction by Cyril Levitt to: The Mystery of Sacrifice or Man is what he eats by Ludwig Feuerbach

The Mystery of Sacrifice or Man is what he eats by Ludwig Feuerbach translated by Cyril Levitt

Monday, July 16th, 2007

Click here to read: The Mystery of Sacrifice or Man is what he eats by Ludwig Feuerbach translated by Cyril Levitt.

The Sins of the Father: Decoding Syriana

Saturday, July 14th, 2007

Syriana confuses the viewer. In the opening scenes, we move rapidly from the middle of the desert, to a Teheran nightclub, to a Georgetown garden, to a board room, to a family breakfast table in Geneva, Switzerland; from a bus loading workmen, to a missile sale, to a man cutting flowers while explaining oil deals, to a corporate argument over a merger, to a young American family eating breakfast. We are continually given snippets of conversation, passed off rapidly. We are introduced to multiple characters, with names thrown around like a juggler’s batons. We struggle in each scene to understand what is going on and in most cases can’t complete the task before we are in the next scene, having to re-assimilate. We are left with an impressionistic flow of visual and auditory stimuli. We can make some sense of it, but are at the same time aware that we are missing important details. One of the film’s earlier titles was “See No Evil”. In fact, we often are not sure what we are seeing.

This is no accident of editing. (more…)

Paul Mosher and Arnold Richards’s Paper “The History of Membership/Certification in the APsaA: Old Demons, New Debates”

Saturday, July 14th, 2007

Click here to Read: Paul Mosher and my paper “The History of Membership/Certification in the APsaA: Old Demons, New Debates”

Andrew Morrison’s Paper from Symposium 2006: On Shame

Saturday, July 14th, 2007

Click here to read: Andrew Morrison’s Paper “Shame in the Transference/Countertransference Interaction” from Symposium 2006: On Shame

Joseph Lichtenberg’s Paper from Symposium 2006: On Shame

Friday, July 13th, 2007

Click here to read: Joseph Lichtenberg’s Paper “Shame: Initiative’s Social Regulator; Shame: Initiative’s Stealth Destroyer” from Symposium 2006: On Shame

Psychologists Aiding and Abetting Torture By Deborah Kory

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

Psychologists Aiding and Abetting Torture By Deborah Kory.

 In August, the American Psychological Association (APA)  will hold its annual convention in San Francisco. Notably absent from the program: the application of psychology to current world events. War, terror, genocide. “Our War on Terror that has led to the Deaths of Hundreds of Thousands of People”—how about that for a plenary session? Of course there are divisions inside the APA organizing against the Bush Administration’s policies and trying to have an impact on public discourse about the war in Iraq, but they are marginalized and fighting an uphill battle in a professional organization whose adherence to the status quo allows it continued legitimacy and access to power.

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Bertram Rosen on Two Books about the Sopranos

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

Click here to Read: Bertram Rosen’s review of The Sopranos on the Couch by Maurice Yacowa and Psychology of the Sopranos by Glen O. Gabbard

Getting From Here to There by Sheldon Bach reviewed by Jay Frankel

Monday, July 9th, 2007

Click here to Read: Sheldon Bach’s Getting From Here to There: Analytic Love, Analytic Process reviewed by Jay Frankel.

Reprinted with the permission of the Psychologist Psychoanalyst, the Newsletter of Division 39 of the American Psychological Association.

The Canary in the Coal Mine by Prudence Gourguechon

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

Click here to read: The Canary in the Coal Mine: Psychoanalysis and Health Care Policy by Prudence Gourguechon, MD

Martin E.P. Seligman on “Crazy or Evil: Classing the Virginia Tech killer among them is an insult to the insane”

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

Crazy or Evil?
Classing the Virginia Tech killer among them is an insult to the insane.

By Martin E.P. Seligman (with the permission of the author). | In the wake of the Blacksburg massacre, we are once again hearing the chorus of crazy. Seung-Hui Cho had an imaginary girlfriend, Jelly. He said he was from Mars en route to Jupiter. He was withdrawn, bashful to the point of mute, and delusional. He is headlined as a “madman.” This does not, to my way of thinking, remotely explain what happened. It neither mitigates his responsibility, nor will it help to prevent such awful events. Even worse, it is a callous and egregious insult to all the wonderful, humane “crazy” people that psychologists and psychiatrists routinely treat. (more…)

Review of the Movie “In America” by Bennett Roth

Saturday, July 7th, 2007

Click here to read: Bennett Roth’s Review of Jim Sheridan’s Movie “In America”

Jane Hall’s Paper from Symposium 2006: On Shame

Friday, July 6th, 2007

Click here to Read: Jane Hall’s Paper from Symposium 2006: On Shame.

Reprinted with permission from The Round Robin, Spring 2007, Volume XXII, No. 2, the Newsletter of Section I, Division 39 of the American Psychological Association.

Benjamin Kilborne’s Paper from Symposium 2006: On Shame

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

Click here to read: Benjamin Kilborne’s Paper from Symposium 2006: On Shame.

Reprinted with permission from The Round Robin, Spring 2007, Volume XXII, No. 2, the Newsletter of Section I, Division 39 of the American Psychological Association.