Archive for October, 2008

A Psychologist Helps Repackage Democrats’ Message: Article on Drew Westen in the New York Times

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

 

Click Here to Read: A Psychologist Helps Repackage Democrats’ Message By Shaila Dewan and Robbie Brown in the New York Times on October 29, 2008.

 

 

 

 

Drew Westen

Earth on course for eco ‘crunch’ from the BBC Website

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

 

Click Here To Read: Earth on course for eco ‘crunch’: Reckless consumption comes at a high cost, the report warns. The planet is headed for an ecological “credit crunch”, according to a report issued by conservation groups.  From the BBC Website on October, 29th, 2008.

As stress grows, modern Chinese turn to Western psychotherapy By Dune Lawrence

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Click Here to Read: Letter from China: As stress grows, modern Chinese turn to Western psychotherapy
By Dune Lawrence of the Bloomberg News on the International Herald Tribune Asia/PacificWebsite on October 21, 2008.

Falling Short: Irony and Aspiration: The Lewis Burke Frumkes Lecture to be given by Jonathan Lear

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Dear Colleagues:

I have been invited to give the annual endowed lecture in philosophy at NYU.  It is the Lewis Burke Frumkes Lecture, November 17th, 7.30-9PM at the Silver Center, 100 Washington Square East.  Click Here for Details. 

The lecture is entitled: “Falling Short: Irony and Aspiration”. 

There are some analysts in New York interested in the intersection of psychoanalysis and philosophy, so I take the liberty of bringing this to your attention.  (If you do come, please come up and say hello.)

Yours,
Jonathan Lear
John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor
Committee on Social Thought
The University of Chicago
1130 East 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Review of: State of Confusion: Political Manipulation and the Assault on the American Mind – A “Rosetta Stone” for Understanding Politics by Dr. Bryant Welch

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Click Here to Read: A BuzzFlash Review of: State of Confusion: Political Manipulation and the Assault on the American Mind – A “Rosetta Stone” for Understanding Politics by Dr. Bryant Welch

Psychoanalytic Principles of Child Development with David Sawyer and Ronald Rawitt at the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute

Monday, October 27th, 2008

THE NEW YORK PSYCHOANALYTIC SOCIETY & INSTITUTE:
Extension Division
247 East 82nd St., between 2nd & 3rd

PSYCHOANALYTIC PRINCIPLES OF CHILD DEVELOPMENT
David Sawyer, M.D. & Ronald Rawitt, M.D.

Wednesdays, November 5 – December 10, 2008
7 – 8:30 pm (5 Sessions)

Current Perspectives
Development of Unconscious Fantasy and Intrapsychic Conflict
Stages of Development
Clinical Examples

One-time Registration Fee of $60 includes this and certain other courses.
To register call 212-879-6900

For information about our training programs please visit us at: www.psychoanalysis.org

Review of: Where Three Roads Meet” by Salley Vickers

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

 

 

Click Here to Read: Review of “Where Three Roads Meet” by Salley Vickers: Freud meets Tiresias, the ancient Greek soothsayer By Alan Cheuse on the Website of the Chicago Tribune on October 25, 2008.

NY PsA Study Film Meeting on “Wedding Crashers”

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

Reported by SF

“The Wedding Crashers” (2005, available on DVDs)—a complex farce built on a foundation of underlying psychological themes—was the subject of a discussion during the October meeting of the New York Psychoanalytic Study of Film Group. 

 The three thematic lines developed in the film climaxed in a wedding scene reminiscent of the ending of “The Graduate” (1967) in which, first, the protagonists were punished by public scrutiny, but ultimately did not change their skewed course of behavior.  The protagonists repeatedly (1) ignored their own and other people’s emotional feelings, first during divorce negotiations and then by “crashing” sacred, emotionally-laden events, such as marriages, and funerals; (2) progressively placed themselves in increasingly dangerous situations; and, (3) seduced young women—and were untimely seduced themselves by young women (in one final case, attracted by the perverse character of her love-making). 

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Feel the fear: A Review of Alastair Campbell’s novel All in the Mind

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

Click Here to Read: Feel the fear: Audacious as ever, Alastair Campbell joins Roth, Nabokov and Iris Murdoch in writing a novel about a psychiatrist. So what does the spin master, who himself once suffered a breakdown, contribute to this literary tradition, asks psychotherapist Adam Phillips in The Guardian website on October 25th 2008.

 
Adam Phillips

We have a problem, Houston, but also an onboard therapist by Ian Sample

Saturday, October 25th, 2008


 
 
Click Here To Read:  We have a problem, Houston, but also an onboard therapist by Ian Sample, science correspondent, on the Guardian website on October 25th 2008.

Withdrawal symptoms by Yotam Feldman about Dr. Evan Bellin

Friday, October 24th, 2008

 Click Here To Read: Withdrawal symptoms by Yotam Feldman on the Ha’aretz.com website about Dr. Evan Bellin.

Click Here To Read: Previous on the International Psychoanalysis website about Dr. Evan Bellin.

Chaplin: A Life

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

An in-depth psychological study  of the formative childhood experiences of the comedian’s  early years, Chaplin: A Life traces the  evolution of a former Cockney slum urchin from an invulnerable child into an invincible screen character. 

ADVANCE REVIEWS

“A fresh entry in the evergreen field of works devoted to Charlie Chaplin. If ever an artist’s life lent itself to psychoanalysis, it’s Chaplin’s. . . . Weissman lends dimension to the classics . . . and demonstrates Chaplin’s ability to transform family heartbreak into film comedies. . . . With lean, energetic prose, Weissman brings this colorful theatrical period to life. . . . He o ffers vivid sketches . . .and carefully follows the confluence of several artists that lead to the creation of the Chaplin’s iconic Little Tramp. Throughout the book,the author caps exhaustive sourcing with an overlay of insightful observations about Chaplin’s creative process. Find space on the crowded Chaplin shelf for this perceptive, literate take on the great screen clown.”
–Kirkus Reviews (more…)

MAO AND FREUD

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

The article by Dune Lawrence is being widely read in China. I am traveling in China now, teaching, supervising and consulting. I have thus far had consultations with 6 Chinese mental health professionals with good English who will be the kind of analytic patients most of us would give our eye teeth for—even our molars. Please volunteer and join the more than 175 APsaA, IPA, and Division 39 analysts and treat one of them via Skype. Contact me at
elise.snyder@yale.edu

Elise–in Wuhan

The Biscuit Breaker: Psychologist Steven Reisner on Torture and the APA

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Click Here To Read: The Biscuit Breaker: Psychologist Steven Reisner has embarked on a crusade to get his colleagues out of the business of interrogations. By Dan Ephron on the NEWSWEEK website on Oct 18, 2008. From the magazine issue dated Oct 27, 2008.  See also the video of an interview with Dr. Reisner on the same page.

Revolution in Mind: Presentation by the Author, George Makari

Monday, October 20th, 2008

THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE FOR PSYCHOANALYSIS Of the Karen Horney Psychoanalytic Center
329 East 62nd Street, New York, NY 10065
212-838-8044    

Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 8:00 PM

Revolution in Mind

George Makari has written a moving and definitive history on the passions and complexities of the Psychoanalytic movement – “Revolution in Mind.”  In this scientific meeting, Dr. Makari will take us on a European journey beginning in the late nineteenth century and ending at 1945.  In his presentation, he reviews many of the character who helped forge the young science.  This includes the early contributions and conflicts with Bleuler, Jung and Adler, who eventually split off from the field, but also Ferenczi, Klein, Horney and others who struggled to improve the field.  This presentation goes beyond the partisan myths and polemics offering a history that not only clarifies what was scientifically evident at the time, what Psychoanalysis added to this, and what was lost when the world became engulfed in the cataclysmic Second World War.  (more…)

Human Foibles and Psychoanalytic Technique: Freud, Ferenczi and Gizella Palos by Benjamin Kilborne

Monday, October 20th, 2008

Click here to Read: Human Foibles and Psychoanalytic Technique: Freud, Ferenczi and Gizella Palos by Benjamin Kilborne. 

The article originally appeared as Kilborne, Benjamin  (2008)  Human Foibles and Psychoanalytic Technique: Freud, Ferenczi and Gizella Palos. The American Journal of Psychoanalysis. 68: pp.1–23 and appears here with all requisite rights and permissions.

 

 

 

 

Sandor Ferenczi

Alma Bond’s: Margaret Mahler: A Biography of the Psychoanalyst Has Been Named a Finalist in the National Best Books 2008 Awards

Monday, October 20th, 2008

October 20, 2008

The epic results are in for the National Best Books 2008 Awards!

Margaret Mahler: A Biography of the Psychoanalyst by Alma Halbert Bond has been honored as a “Finalist” in the “Biography: General” category.

Congratulations to Alma Halbert Bond!

The History of Membership/Certification in the APsaA: Old Demons, New Debates by Paul W. Mosher and Arnold D. Richards

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

Click Here to Read: The History of Membership/Certification in the APsaA: Old Demons, New Debates by Paul W. Mosher and Arnold D. Richards.

The Well is Running Dry

Friday, October 17th, 2008

The Well is Running Dry
by Jane S. Hall

Barrier busting is a business term recently used by Amory Lovins, an energy wizard and CEO of the Rocky Mt. Institute. He was referring to the need for all those concerned with oil consumption and alternative energy to work together towards finding solutions. Psychoanalysis needs to bust barriers too.

Since my essay on Barrier Busting (link) www.internationalpsychoanalysis.net I have been thinking about an equally and related serious problem that must involve all post-graduate psychoanalytic institutes: universities and colleges are no longer teaching psychodynamic theory. Medical schools, psychology departments, and social work schools (both masters level and doctoral level) have turned almost completely away from Freud’s ideas to the point that a recent graduate might not have read one paper by him or by anyone interested in the human psyche in terms of the unconscious. It looks like a generation will have been skipped and that the next one will be mesmerized and inspired to study the brain and genetics, completely ignorant of psychoanalytic theory, let alone psychoanalysis.

It is as though we psychoanalytic thinkers and clinicians have broken off the polar ice cap and are both drifting and melting away. (more…)

The Glories of Yiddish By Harold Bloom

Friday, October 17th, 2008

Click here to Read: The Glories of Yiddish By Harold Bloom, a review of the book, History of the Yiddish Language by Max Weinreich, edited by Paul Glasser, translated from the Yiddish by Shlomo Noble with the assistance of Joshua A. Fishman YIVO Institute for Jewish Research/Yale University Press, two volumes, 988 pp., $300.00. reviewed in The New York Review of Books Volume 55, Number 17 · November 6, 2008.