Archive for April, 2008

WW II: Character Changes in Battle by Howard Schlossman

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008


Click Here to Read: WW II: Character Changes in Battle by Howard Schlossman.

My War with the Germans and the U.S. Army: From Civilian to Major to Civilian by Howard Schlossman

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Click Here to Read: My War with the Germans and the U.S. Army: From Civilian to Major to Civilian by Howard Schlossman

Combat Veterans: Impressions of an Analytic Observer in a Non-Analytic Setting

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Click here for: The Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry

Click Here for: Guilford Press.


Herbert H. Stein, M.D.

Published in The Journal of The American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry (2007) vol. 35:4.


Abstract: The hallmark presentation of combat trauma – nightmares, waking hallucinations, intrusive traumatic memories and extreme affective reactions to environmental triggers – may best be conceptualized as part of an adaptive mechanism intended to protect the individual against a repetition of trauma.  Combat veterans continuously must cope with the extreme affects that combat induced.  Fear, rage, guilt and grief predominate.  Their mental and emotional life is complicated by a conscience split between war zone and civilian morality and by the special group dynamics of combat.  Optimal clinical understanding of combat-related trauma, whether in a psychoanalytic or general mental health setting, requires an awareness of the interaction of the personal dynamics of each individual with the specific characteristics of their combat situation.


Freud Anniversary Lecture: Sander Abend

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

247 East Eighty-Second Street, between 2nd & 3rd

Freud Anniversary Lecture
Tuesday, May 13, 2008, 8:15 p.m.

Sander Abend, M.D. will speak about Freud, Transference and Therapeutic Action.
A Reception follows the lecture.  Please RSVP by 4/30/08 for the reception:


Thoughts on the Group Self of psychoanalysis…

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

The International Psychoanalytic website is pleased to present an important op ed piece by Marian Tolpin. This eminent analyst from Chicago explains clearly, articulately, and persuasively why the training analyst title should be retired. The Executive Board of the International Psychoanalytic Association would not permit its publication. The International Psychoanalytic Blog stands for freedom of expression and welcomes comments on this important and timely article.

Jane S. Hall
Op Ed Editor

Thoughts on the Group Self of psychoanalysis,
in light of the controversy over Training Analysis status

Marian Tolpin, M.D.

There is currently a great deal of debate taking place in psychoanalytic training centers, around the world and here in the United States, concerning whether there should be a separate category of graduate psychoanalysts designated as specially qualified to analyze future psychoanalysts. Among those who do believe that there needs to be such a category, further debate has raged on what that special qualification might entail and on the particulars of how (when, by whom) it should be established and evaluated.

In what follows below I reflect on my own experiences in regard to this category and on the lengthy history of the Training Analysis question as a disruptive force in institutional psychoanalysis. As I consider why this fractious issue, which has caused so much dissension in our profession, remains perpetually unresolved, I conclude that the Training Analysis serves a Group Self cohesive function. As such, it joins a list of other myths that have served that function in the past; myths that were clung to but ultimately had to be relinquished in the face of contradictory evidence. (more…)

The Future of Psychoanalytic Education Conference in The NAAP Newsletter

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

The following articles on The Future of Psychoanalytic Education Conference appeared in the NAAP News, Volume 31 Issue 1 (Winter 2008).

Click Here to Read: The Imposible Profession by Rob Marchesani.

Click Here to Read: The Future of Psychoanalytic Education: Psychoanalysis, Universities, and the New Cultural World by Frederick Feirstein.

Click Here to Read: Contemporary Psychoanalytic Education: Analyzing the Challenges and Proposing Some Changes—a Roundtable and “Umbrella Panel” by Norman A. (“Drew”) Clemens, Judith Logue, and Estelle Shane.

Click Here to Read: Constructing Our Psychoanalytic Ethos:  How and What We Teach–impressions by Robert  Quackenbush.

Click Here to Read: Educating Psychoanalysts in Today’s Regulated World:  Licensing and Other Matters by Paul W. Mosher, Mary Beth Cresci, Cj Churchill, Phee Rosnick, Sy Coopersmith, and Arlene Kramer Richards.

Click Here to Read: Power and Authority in Institute Life by Joseph Scalia III,

Click Here to Read: What Do We Educate For? The Role of Psychoanalysis in The Age of Psychotherapy by William Hurst. 


The Torture Election: Fighting for the Soul of the American Psychological Association

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

In a surprising turn of events, New York psychologist Steven Reisner won over 30% of the votes in the mail balloting for nominations for the presidency of the American Psychological Association (APA), as announced at the beginning of April. This represented more votes than any other candidate running.

Click Here to Read:   The Torture Election: Fighting for the Soul of the American Psychological Association, from the blog of Michael Otterman, originally posted on Alternet.  Mr. Otterman thanks AlterNet editor Liliana Segura for editorial help on this article. 

CBS News Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood Featuring the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

247 East Eighty-Second Street, New York, NY  10028


Sunday, April 27, 2008, 9 – 10:30 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time)

Maxine Gann, Ph.D. (along with Glen Gabbard, M.D. of Houston, TX) will be interviewed by Jeff Greenfield of CBS News.  They will discuss psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, Freud’s impact, and the New York Psychoanalytic Institute.

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Panel on Eastern Europe from the IPA Berlin Congress

Thursday, April 24th, 2008


Click Here to Read: Gary Goldsmith’s Summary of the Panel on Eastern Europe from the Berlin Congress of the IPA  in July 2007. 

News from the China American Psychoanalytic Alliance

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Here is an update on the activities of the Alliance. We are a completely volunteer organization. We have NO hired employees. We need help in a variety of capacities.

1. Psychoanalyses (20 in progress), Psychotherapies (4 in progress) Individual Supervisions (20 in progress). Now we will be screening all patients thoroughly. (Gardner Jacobs and Lana Fishkin will be doing these screenings.) VOLUNTEER FOR THE SCREENING COMMITTEE. We have people waiting for psychoanalysis, psychotherapy and individual supervision and we will have many more in September. VOLUNTEER TO ANALYZE, DO THERAPY AND SUPERVISE.

2. Two Year Psychotherapy Training Programs:
A. Massachusetts General Hospital, thanks to Scott Wilson, will be teaching one and possibly two programs in China starting this September. We will be providing much of the individual supervision and psychotherapies. (more…)

The Pope’s Visit

Monday, April 21st, 2008

lilpope.jpgI was surprised at my own personal reaction to seeing the Pope on television here in New York City. My hope was stirred as I saw this man who in his white robe spoke of human rights and peace. Cynic that I can be, I was moved and wondered, with the psychoanalytic part of my brain, “what was going on?” I am not a Catholic, nor am I religious. In fact, organized religion mystifies me although I see its benefits for those who choose to practice it. I began to wonder what the Pope and psychoanalysis have in common and came up with one fact: both the church and psychoanalysis are losing candidates. (more…)

“Of Whom Should Virginia Woolf Have Been Afraid: A Study of her Traumatic Life” by Elizabeth Ronis

Monday, April 21st, 2008


Click Here to Read: “Of Whom Should Virginia Woolf Have Been Afraid: A Study of her Traumatic Life” by Elizabeth Ronis.


Academia and Psychoanalysis

Sunday, April 20th, 2008


The Institute for Psychoanalysis of Chicago is pleased to announce a new six-year program for academics with advanced degrees to become clinical psychoanalysts.  The program consists of a 15-month preparatory part-time period of instruction at the Rush University Department of Psychiatry followed by the 5-year core psychoanalytic training at the Institute for Psychoanalysis.  The preparatory training is designed to allow the applicant to become familiar with clinical practice, psychiatric interviewing, and diagnostic nomenclature and to begin a psychotherapeutic experience.  Following this period the applicant would pursue psychoanalytic training resulting in a certificate of competence to practice psychoanalysis.  Interested applicants are invited to call 312-922-7474 or write CORST Committee, Institute for Psychoanalysis, 122 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1300, Chicago, IL 60603.

“In politics, shame is often used to divide and conquer” by Julia Keller and featuring Arnold Goldberg

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

Click Here to Read: “In politics, shame is often used to divide and conquer,” an article in the Chicago Tribune on April 17th featuring Dr. Arnold Goldberg.   

Click here to buy: Arnold Goldberg’s Moral Stealth at our Book Mart. 

Click here to buy: Other books by Arnold Goldberg at 

The Identity of Psychoananalysis and Psychoanalyts by Arnold Richards and Arthur Lynch

Friday, April 18th, 2008


Of the Karen Horney Psychoanalytic Center

329 East 62nd Street, New York, NY 10065



Thursday, May 1, 2008 at 8:00 PM



Psychoanalysis has been in a constant uninterrupted debate about its identity as a discipline and as a social institution. This paper considers the place of science in psychoanalysis, on the one hand, and the hermeneutic nature of our discipline, on the other. The aim is to articulate a typology of psychoanalytic knowledge that characterizes psychoanalysis as a form of therapy, an intellectual movement, and a theoretical system. This typology considers psychoanalysis as a thought collective that influences its members by exchanging and maintaining ideas. To a well-rounded psychoanalytic thinker or practitioner one must be able to move easily among three realms of knowledge – the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences. Each realm has its own criteria of truth and the challenge is to know when to employ which criteria.


Antidepressants enhance neuronal plasticity in the visual system

Friday, April 18th, 2008

 Click Here to Read:  The article, “Antidepressants enhance neuronal plasticity in the visual system,” from the website Science Centric of the Journal Science.

This is an interesting study in the 18 April issue of Science, about the mechanism of action of antidepressant drugs.

The authors write  ” However, to produce a functional effect, antidepressant treatment also seems to require environmental stimuli, such as rehabilitation or therapy.”

arnold richards

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program Informational Session

Friday, April 18th, 2008

247 East Eighty-Second Street, between 2nd & 3rd

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program

Informational Session  

Thursday, April 24, 2008, 7-8 p.m.

Understand Theory to Improve Practice
Supervision with Experienced Analysts
Case Conferences
Optional Child/Adolescent Track
Evening Classes
2 Year Program

Please RSVP or 212-879-6900

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Psychoanalytic Themes in Jane Austen’s Work with Muriel Morris and Adrienne Scott at NYPSI Extension Division

Thursday, April 17th, 2008


Jane Austen 

247 East Eighty-Second Street, between 2nd & 3rd

Muriel Morris, M.D. & Adrienne Scott, LCSW

Thursdays, May 22 – June 19, 2008
7:30 – 9 pm (5 sessions)
Fee $100

Study Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion, and juvenilia to uncover the unconscious chords Austen struck to make her work irresistible and timeless.

 To register call 212-879-6900
 For information about our training programs please visit us at:

Video-conferencing in China

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Dear Colleagues,

For members interested in teaching international groups through video-conferencing, I would like to report an academic experience of a lifetime.

As part of the Chinese American Psychoanalytic Alliance educational program, last Friday I held a two-hour clinical conference from my home office in Port Republic, Maryland for 12 Chinese psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers in Shanghai, China. This class will alternate bi-weekly with a similar group of 12 mental health professionals.

The students, most in their mid-thirties with several years experience as psychotherapists, were open minded, eager to learn, and highly excited about gaining knowledge of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. The experience is a refreshing change from the frustration of facing the intellectually muscle bound and emotionally unaware students we often encounter when teaching, for example, modern day American psychiatric residents. 

“How do ‘self-knowledge’ and ‘self-understanding’ (my terms for the benefits of psychoanalysis) help a patient?” one student asked early on, then responded thoughtfully to my “Knowledge is Power” illustrations. The group was particularly impressed with the psychoanalytic discussion that unfolded as the case presenter reported the patient’s ongoing complaint of mental helplessness when the she was faced with feelings she could not describe. The entire class, even the child therapists, responded with awe as they observed, “I would never have thought of that,” as I went into considerable detail to show how such an adult experience could have originated in the pre-verbal period of one’s life, a time when a child experiences feelings but has not yet gained the mental capacity even to conceptualize the feelings’ existence, much less identify and articulate them. Although many Chinese psychotherapists are widely read in psychoanalytic literature, clinically they remain largely innocent.

I was motivated to teach these conferences to express my gratitude to the team of 24 mental health therapists who wanted to translate my book, Now It All Makes Sense, into Mandarin. The book is composed primarily of explicit dialogue between analytic therapist and patient and is especially suited to their needs. We expect, however, that the classes will stimulate the student’s interest in enrolling in the two-year psychoanalytic psychotherapy programs that CAPA will begin in September 2008. This prospect appeared validated when, as the session ended, the presenter eagerly asked, “Can I present again next time?” to which the other members yelled, “No, I want to.”  

If you have questions , please contact me

William Stockton

“The Crying Game” and “Mona Lisa”: Who’s Got the Penis?

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

cryinggame.jpgThe opening credits of Neil Jordan’s film, The Crying Game, are accompanied by the song, “When a Man Loves a Woman”.  The song tells us that a man’s love for a woman will cause him to lose all judgment, to give up his money, his friends, even his life.  If she is bad, he will not see it.  The film’s first scene confirms the song’s philosophy. (more…)