Archive for March, 2017

The Dream Cycle of the Analytic Couple with Steven Ellman at The New School

Friday, March 31st, 2017

The Dream Cycle of the Analytic Couple: a talk by Steven Ellman with an introduction by Sheldon Bach Sunday, April 2, 2017 – 10:00am – 12:30pm, at the New School, Starr Foundation Hall, UL 102, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10003

Dr. Ellman’s presentation will explore the analytic process as analogous to the manner in which the dream is an integrated part of a person’s sleep and waking experience. He will postulate that in optimal circumstances the dream is a welcome part of human life, but that unfortunately this is often not the case, as many adults suffer from some type of dreaming (sleep) disturbances. He will show how these disturbances mirror the difficulties in transference-countertransference cycles. He will demonstrate how conceptually enduring transference-countertransference states allow patients to experience their dreams, and he will explain how dreams are discharged in a manner that is parallel to difficulties in tolerating transference manifestations. (more…)

The Formation of the Analyst and the Social Link at Après-Coup

Friday, March 31st, 2017

Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association presents

The Formation of the Analyst and the Social Link

Saturday, April 8, 2017
10:30 am – 3:00 pm
The School of Visual Arts
136 West 21st Street, New York, NY

PRESENTATIONS AND DISCUSSANTS
Helena Sedláčková Gibbs, “Feasts and the Social Link”
Paola Mieli, Discussant

Peter Gillespie, “The Subject of Precarious Work in the Psychoanalytic Clinic”
Kareen Malone, Discussant (more…)

The High Price of Leaving Ultra-Orthodox Life

Friday, March 31st, 2017

Click Here to Read:   The High Price of Leaving Ultra-Orthodox Life:  Young adults who decide to abandon their cloistered Jewish
communities have only one another — and a single organization — to help them navigate the alternate reality of modern-day New York.
By TAFFY Brodesser-Akner in The New York Times Magazine on March 30, 2017.

Who was R.D. Laing? with Peter Mezan, Ph.D. at NYPSI

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

PROGRESS SEMINAR: Who was R.D. Laing? with Peter Mezan, Ph.D.  NYPSI

Wed., April 5, 2017 at 8 pm 247 East 82nd Street, NYC
FREE. All are welcome. Register HERE, visit nypsi.org or call 212.879.6900

Works in Progress Seminar: Who was R.D. Laing?
During the countercultural revolution of the 1960s and 70s, R.D. Laing was the most famous psychiatrist in the world — and arguably the most controversial psychoanalytic thinker since Freud. Regarded as the father of the antipsychiatry movement, Laing challenged the basis of conventional psychiatric treatment, particularly with regard to schizophrenics. His ideas enraged the psychiatric establishment but caught the imagination of the public at large. Laing’s books – The Divided Self, Sanity, Madness, and the Family, and The Politics of Experience – sold millions of copies and cemented his status as a culture hero. But by the time Laing died in 1989, his influence had all but vanished. Dr. Mezan will give a portrait of the man and his ideas, based on his encounters and friendship with Laing and the world surrounding him. (more…)

Tom Lehrer Is Not Dead! He Just Wants You to Think He Is

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Click Here to Read: Tom Lehrer Is Not Dead! He Just Wants You to Think He Is by Thomas J. Craughwell on the Spectator website on March 29, 2017.

Nazis may have killed up to 20m, claims ‘shocking’ new Holocaust study

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Click Here to Read:  Nazis may have killed up to 20m, claims ‘shocking’ new Holocaust study: The Nazi Holocaust may have claimed up to 20 million lives, a figure far greater than previous estimates, new research has revealed. By Matthew Day on the Telegraph website on March 4, 2013.

Washington’s Holocaust Memorial Museum found that Auschwitz and the Warsaw Ghetto were just part of a extensive network that imprisoned and obliterated millions of lives Photo: AP

Mathias Énard’s Compass Is the Antidote to Europe’s Islamophobia

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Click Here to Read:   Mathias Énard’s Compass Is the Antidote to Europe’s Islamophobia: In a time of fear and loathing, Énard’s magnum opus points us toward the reality behind so many myths of the Orient BY Jeffrey Zuckerman on the New Republic website on March 29, 2017.

Scheherazade and Shahryār by Ferdinand Keller, 1880

Philosophy Thursday: Bertrand Russell

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Click Here to Read: Bertrand Russell on Wikipedia.

Click Here to Read: Bertrand Russell on the Noble Prize.org website.

Click Here to Read: Bertrand Russell on the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy website.

Click Here to Read:  Bertrand Russell: philosopher, mathematician and optimist by Clare Carlisle Bertrand Russell – part 1: In a new series, we explore his views on religion, ethics, humanity and the modern world on The Guardian website on November 13, 2013. (more…)

I Loved My Grandmother. But She Was a Nazi.

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Click Here to Read:  I Loved My Grandmother. But She Was a Nazi. By Jessica Shattuck in The New York Times on March 24, 2017.

The author’s grandmother, with three of her children, around 1943.

From a Jade Suit to Bronze Dildos, Ancient Tomb Luxuries of the Han Dynasty Elite

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Click Here to Read: From a Jade Suit to Bronze Dildos, Ancient Tomb Luxuries of the Han Dynasty Elite: Even in death the Han Chinese thought that life continued in its own way so they buried the deceased with luxurious objects that continue to impress.by Claire Voon on the HyperAllergic website.

Jade suit, unearthed from Tomb 2, Dayun Mountain, Xuyi, Jiangsu (2nd century BCE) (photo © Nanjing Museum)

The Mysterious Experiments of Hercules Segers, a 17th-Century Art Radical

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Click Here to Read:   The Mysterious Experiments of Hercules Segers, a 17th-Century Art Radical: The Mysterious Landscapes of Hercules Segers at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is the first major retrospective on the radically experimental 17th-century Dutch artist by Allison Meier on the HyperAllergic website on March 27, 2017.

Hercules Segers, “Ruins of the Abbey of Rijnsburg from the South” (1625-30), line etching printed with tone and highlights in yellow-white, on a dark brown ground, Sheet: 7 7/8 × 12 9/16 inches (courtesy Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin)

 

Part Three: Two More Central Clinical Issues; Interpretation and Reconstruction

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Click Here to Read:  Part Three: Two More Central Clinical Issues; Interpretation and Reconstruction by Ahmed Fayek on his blog.

Writer’s Wednesday: Jonathan Swift

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Click Here to Read:  Jonathan Swift on Wikipedia.

Click Here to Read: Jonathan Swift: 1667–1745 on the Poetry Foundation Website.

Click Here to Read:  A Life of Jonathan Swift, Beyond Satire By James McNamara in The New York TImes on Feburary 20, 2017.

Click Here to Read: Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World by Leo Damrosch – review A new biography of the great ironist is convincing about his private life – was he sexually twisted? John Mullan on the Guardian website on January 3, 2014.

Click Here to Read:  The 100 best novels, No 3 – Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (1726): Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels comes third in our list of the best novels written in English. Robert McCrum discusses a satirical masterpiece that’s never been out of print by Robert McCrum on the Guardian website on October 6, 2013. (more…)

Is Political Gravity Finally Sinking Donald Trump?

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Click Here to Read:   Is Political Gravity Finally Sinking Donald Trump? By Andrew Sullivan in New York Magazine on March 24, 2017.

President Trump. Photo: Pool/Getty Ima

The Unknown Freud: A Psychobiography by Robert Lippman

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Click Here to View:   The Unknown Freud: A Psychobiography by Robert Lippman YouTube. Although he died over three-quarters of a century ago, Sigmund Freud continues to elude both his biographers and his critics. Based on over three decades of research, this presentation offers a look at the father of psychoanalysis not rendered before.

Get Out: The horror of racism, and racialist politics

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Click Here to Read:  Get Out: The horror of racism, and racialist politics By Hiram Lee on the World Socialist Web Site on March 28, 2017.

The Formation of the Analyst and the Social Link at Après-Coup

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association presents

The Formation of the Analyst and the Social Link
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 10:30 am – 3:00 pm, The School of Visual Arts, 136 West 21st Street, New York, NY

PRESENTATIONS AND DISCUSSANTS:Helena Sedláčková Gibbs, “Feasts and the Social Link” Paola Mieli, Discussant

Peter Gillespie, “The Subject of Precarious Work in the Psychoanalytic Clinic” Kareen Malone, Discussant

Ona Nierenberg, “The Psychoanalyst in the Public Hospital: Some Reflections Mark Stafford, Discussant

Mark Stafford, “Anew: Truth and Fiction” Salvatore F. Guido, Discussant (more…)

Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearing revealed his hidden similarity to Trump

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Click Here to Read:  Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearing revealed his hidden similarity to Trump: The two appear to be a study in contrasts – but both display a remarkable lack of compassion. Their likeness could serve to justify Democrats’ opposition bu Lucia Graveson the Guardian website  on March 25, 2017.

‘The trouble with Neil Gorsuch, we learned this week, is not ideology but humanity.’ Photograph: Jim Bourg/Reuters

Freud’s Dream Theory Revisited with Arnold Richards at MITPP

Monday, March 27th, 2017

The Metropolitan Institute for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, The Metropolitan Center for Mental Health and The Metropolitan Society of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists Invite you to a Scientific Meeting

Friday, April 7, 2017 – 7:30 PM, FREUD’S DREAM THEORY REVISITED, PRESENTER: ARNOLD RICHARDS, M.D.

Freud saw the dream as translating thoughts from their derivatives to their unconscious source. The dream exists first in the patient’s present, in his immediate experience, rather than in his earlier trauma. The link between present anxiety and past trauma may exist, but this has to be demonstrated rather than asserted. For the Freudian, the didactic purpose may be to show the patient his unconscious, unfulfilled childhood wish, but this is also driven by an effort to fulfill that wish in the dream state. In my view, attention to the experience of the dream is the beginning, not the end point, of the task of getting to the analysand’s conflicted wishes. It has been hypothesized that dreams seek solutions for conflicts. I conclude that this view of dreams is more descriptive than explanatory, and does not offer us an explanation of why past trauma or current conflicts should be represented in a dream. Instead, I believe that dreams are an effort to deal with conflicts that stem from a wish/guilt dynamic, and contain a compromise formation in which wishes are fulfilled and punishment is executed. Dreams mediate the realms in which the id- (more…)

How ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ took Jessica Chastain down a rabbit hole of Jewish history

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Click Here to Read: How ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ took Jessica Chastain down a rabbit hole of Jewish history BY Naomi Pfefferman in the Jewish Journal on March 22, 2017.