Archive for September, 2012

And So You Thought You Knew Freud

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Click Here to Read: And So You Thought You Knew Freud,  A Play by  Robert L. Lippman. Ph.D.   This play was previously unpublished.

Italian pianist revives music created in concentration camps

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Click Here to Read: Italian pianist revives music created in concentration camps: A convert to Judaism, Francesco Lotoro has salvaged thousands of scores, diaries and other artifacts left by victims of the Holocaust By Ruth Ellen Gruber on the The Times of Isreal Website on September 27, 2012,

Chicago in China by Nathan Szajnberg

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Four U of Chicago grads did China for two weeks in September. Arlene Kramer Richards (BA); Arnie Richards (BA) Nathan Szajnberg (BA ’71; MD ’71) and Jeffrey Stern (MA, ’73 Ph.D “81 ) taught psychoanalysis in Wuhan, Shanghai and NIngbo.  All four have been appointed to the faculty at Wuhan Mental Hospital.  After a week last April, we were asked to return to teach an ongoing three-year program in psychoanalytic psychotherapy to two hundred practitioners from many regions in China. Wuhan, a small city of eight million, is slike the Chicago of China: centrally located, about 1.5 hours flight from Shanghai, it is a transport hub, an agricultural and stockyard center and has a Univeristy with 56,000 students (well, in that sense, it is Chicago logarithmically).
 Arnie Richards spoke about the “replacement child,” when a child is born to replace one or several others lost in the familiy. This concept resonated powerfully with the audience, in a one-child society.

Arlene Richards, having spoken last April about the woman’s skin, spoke about the power of dress and fashion, our second skins.   Her emphasis was on the non-verbal communications abounding in fashion and shopping that analysts could attend to and enquire about in learning to understand their female patients.
 Jeffrey Stern taught Self Psychological Theory in Wuhan, a theory that was developed at The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and within the Psychiatry Department of the Pritzker School of Medicine by Dr. Heinz Kohut. In an effort to bring psychoanalytic theory to life — and because the Chinese students are greatly interested in the subject
He lectured  on Shakespeare’s King Lear in Wuhan and Hamlet at the Third International Psychoanalytic Congress in Shanghai.
 I was asked to teach on attachment. I learned that the heart-centered agenda, however, was connected to the one-child policy, a policy complicated by some parents having to ask the grandparents to raise their one child while the parents work.  These professionals and parents felt that they had but one shot with their child and wanted to get it right.

In the afternoons, however, we all supervised smaller groups of 25-30 who presented clinical cases
for us to assess and discuss and advise. These ranged fascinatingly from children through adults. And the therapists felt strongly about their patients. One therapist kept pressing her thumb to her sternum, unwittingly, as she talked about how the parents of the child she was treating caused her heartache. Another therapist, quite concerned that
 her adolescent patient may not survive, twisted her ankle during our “break” and spent the second half of our supervision with her foot iced and elevated.

 I asked myself, “Why the interest in psychoanalysis?”  My sense is that these professionals are attracted to a central idea of analysis: fostering internal freedom, autonomy and healthy self-control.  In this sense, psychoanalysis is a “subversive” enterprise, as it always has been.  It aims for inner focus, inner direction and both awareness
 and control of impulses.

 I brought with me many of my Chicago teachers, including Bruno Bettelheim , but also Peter Giovacchini and Alfred Flarsheim.

And, we had the marvelous sense that all four of us, while graduating in different eras, brought the breadth of training and thinking that we gathered from Chicago.

 We return next April.

 N Szajnberg, MD

 

Psychoanalysis and Politics

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Click Here to Read: Review of:  Psychoanalysis and Politics: Histories of Psychoanalysis under Conditions of Restricted Political Freedom Edited by Joy Damousi and Mariano Plotki, n Reviewed by Marco A. Ramos in the 2012 Culturas Psi Journal.

Hamlet, child abuse, heroism and fragile human brain from Sasha Rolde on InternationalPsychoanalysis.net

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Dear Colleagues,

As summer turns to fall and the US elections are overtaking the news and the economists threaten a downward turn, the international psychoanalytic website continues to reflect our world with its ups and downs giving it a professional slant that we should be proud of.
My own choices this week are:

1) Timon & Hamlet – Who/What is Timon? Did you know that Shakespeare wrote Timon – a little known, rarely mentioned & possibly unfinished tragedy – nicely compared & contrasted with Hamlet from the psychological, political and social point of view in a posting this week. Well worth reading.
Click Here to Read This Article (more…)

Novelist imagines the life of Freud’s sister

Sunday, September 30th, 2012



 

Click Here to Read: Sigmund Freud’s Sister Complex: Acclaimed New Novel Imagines the Fate of Adolfina Freud By Nicholas Meyer in the Jewish Daily Forward on  September 19, 2012.

 

Save Us

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Click Here to Read: Save Us By Nathaniel Rich in The New Tork Times on September 28, 2012.

How child molesters get away with it

Saturday, September 29th, 2012



Click Here to Read: A Critic at Large: In Plain View:  How child molesters get away with it by Malcolm Gladwell in The New Yorker on September 24, 2012.

Why the Beaver Should Thank the Wolf

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Click Here to Read:  Why the Beaver Should Thank the Wolf By Mary Ellen Hannibal in The New York Times on September 28, 2012.

WCSPP Book Signing Event with Suzanne Burger

Saturday, September 29th, 2012



Click Here to Read: WCSPP Book Signing Event with Suzanne Burger on Sunday, October 4, 2012

Researchers develop blood test that accurately detects early stages of lung, breast cancer in humans

Friday, September 28th, 2012

 

Click here to read the Kansas State University press release, “Researchers develop blood test that accurately detects early stages of lung, breast cancer in humans” via EurekAlert! on September 26, 2012.

Researchers at Kansas State University have developed a simple blood test that can accurately detect the beginning stages of cancer.

Literature: Macedonian novelist Smilevski awarded Med prize

Friday, September 28th, 2012

 

Click here to read “Literature: Macedonian novelist Smilevski awarded Med prize” from ANSAmed on October 1, 2012.

The Italian ministry of culture and the Carical foundation on Monday awarded the Mediterranean culture prize to Macedonian writer Goce Smilevski for his novel Sigmund Freud’s Sister.

The History of Psychiatry from the Patient’s Viewpoint with Fred Sander, M.D. at NYPSI

Friday, September 28th, 2012

CELEBRATING A CENTURY OF ADVANCEMENT THROUGH SELF-KNOWLEDGE
THE NEW YORK PSYCHOANALYTIC SOCIETY & INSTITUTE:
Extension Committee
247 East 82nd St., between 2nd & 3rd, NY, NY, 10028
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The History of Psychiatry from the Patient’s Viewpoint Fred Sander, M.D.  First Tuesday of the month 7:30 – 9 pm October 2, 2012 – May 7, 2013 (8 sessions) Fee:  $200 (more…)

Conference to Honor Norbert Freedman and Irving Steingart at IPTAR

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

SAVE THE DATE: OCTOBER 13 AND 14, 2012
IPTAR CONFERENCE TO HONOR NORBERT FREEDMAN AND IRVING STEINGART

The Analyst’s Receptivity: Exploring Intersections and Divergences in Contemporary Freudian, Kleinian/Bionian and Field Theory

Participants Giuseppe Civitarese, Larry Brown, Lissa
Weinstein and Steven Ellman. (more…)

The Psych Approach

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Click Here to Read:  The Psych Approach By David Brooks in the New York Times on September 27, 2012.

City Within a City by Basia Temkin-Berman

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

 NEW RELEASE!! First-Ever English Edition! 

CITY WITHIN A CITY  by BASIA TEMKIN-BERMAN

Trauma & Resilience: Child Soldiers in Sierra Leone with Dr. Roberto Raver at NYPSI

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

CELEBRATING A CENTURY OF ADVANCEMENT THROUGH SELF-KNOWLEDGE
THE NEW YORK PSYCHOANALYTIC SOCIETY & INSTITUTE:
ACADEMIC RESEARCH SEMINAR
247 East 82nd St., between 2nd & 3rd, NY, NY  10028
212-879-6900
www.psychoanalysis.org

Tuesday, October 2, 2012, 8:30 p.m., $10 Donations

Trauma & Resilience: Child Soldiers in Sierra Leone with Dr. Roberto Raver (more…)

Expo Chicago: Money and art mingle, with little benefit to art

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Click here to read “Expo Chicago: Money and art mingle, with little benefit to art” by Jeff Lusanne from World Socialist Web Site on September 27, 2012.

After a six-year hiatus, Chicago was once again host in 2012 to an international art fair, Expo Chicago. The event was held September 20-23 in the massive Festival Hall at Navy Pier, a tourist destination near the city’s center. One hundred galleries exhibited work in the fair, presenting enough material to easily fill up a day of viewing. Such a presentation offered a unique opportunity to survey the world of contemporary art—and, specifically, its problems and possibilities.

A Call for Caution on Antipsychotic Drugs

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Click here to read “A Call for Caution on Antipsychotic Drugs” by Richard A. Friedman, M.D. from The New York Times on September 24, 2012.

You will never guess what the fifth and sixth best-selling prescription drugs are in the United States, so I’ll just tell you: Abilify and Seroquel, two powerful antipsychotics. In 2011 alone, they and other antipsychotic drugs were prescribed to 3.1 million Americans at a cost of $18.2 billion, a 13 percent increase over the previous year, according to the market research firm IMS Health.

Woody Guthrie Centenary: 1912-2012

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Click Here to Listen To:  Woody Guthrie’s “I Ain’t Got No Home In This World Anymore” on YouTube.