Archive for the 'Editorials' Category

AAPCSW RESPONSE TO THE UNFOLDING EXECUTIVE ORDER – IMMIGRATION AND TRAVEL BAN

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

The American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work has deep concerns about President Trump’s executive order on immigration and the travel ban from seven majority Muslim countries. Although the subsequent legal process suspending the ban and the President’s vow to issue an alternative are ongoing and subject to change, many problems remain.

We are concerned about the intent and the manner of the Administration’s actions, not only because it fundamentally disregards basic human rights guaranteed by the Constitution. It is an offense to human dignity resulting from the relentless attribution of criminality. Moreover, by transforming immigrants into dangerous “others,” it contributes to their demonization. This experience affects the safety, health, and wellbeing of the individuals directly involved, their families, and the larger society.     (more…)

Theory and its Impact on Training in Psychoanalysis

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

Click Here to Read: Theory and its Impact on Training in Psychoanalysis by Ahmed Fayek on his blog on February 19, 2017

The Theoretical Field: A Disguised Mess by Ahmed Fayek

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

Click Here to Read: 3. The Theoretical Field: A Disguised Mess by Ahmed Fayek on his Psychoanalytic Notes blog on February 11, 2017.

Women’s March 2017: An Overwhelming Success What Can I Do Now?

Friday, February 10th, 2017

Click Here to Read:  Women’s March 2017: An Overwhelming Success What Can I Do Now? by Daniel Benveniste, Ph.D.

The Republican Fausts

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

 

Click Here to Read: The Republican Fausts by David Brooks in The New York Times on January 31, 2017.

President Trump at a retreat last week in Philadelphia for congressional Republicans.
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The Ahmed Fayek blog

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Click Here to Read: Psychoanalytic Notes on the Ahmed Fayek blog.

A Point of View: An OP-Ed Part 6 by Ahmed Fayek

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Click Here to Read: A Point of View:  An OP-Ed Part 6 by Ahmed Fayek.

Lin-Manuel Miranda on President Trump

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

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Click Here to Read:  Lin-Manuel Miranda on President Trump: ‘I Know What I’m Going to Fight for in the Years to Come’: The lyrical genius reflects on his huge year, including his Oscar-worthy tunes in ‘Moana,’ the otherworldly success of ‘Hamilton,’ and his show’s message to VP-elect Mike Pence by Marlow Stern on the Daily Beast website on December 27, 2016.

Freud, Trump, and the national id

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

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Click Here to Read: Freud, Trump, and the national id by Matthew Whoolery on the Standard Journal website on December 26, 2016.

Aleppo’s fall is Obama’s failure

Friday, December 16th, 2016

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Click Here to Read: Aleppo’s fall is Obama’s failure by Leon Wieseltier in the Washington Post n December 15, 2016.

A man reacts as he waits with others to be evacuated from a rebel-held sector of eastern Aleppo. (Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters)

Full Apology to the Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian People, from Psychoanalysis for Social Responsibility, Section 9 of Division 39, the Division of Psychoanalysis, American Psychological Association

Monday, December 5th, 2016

AMENDED APOLOGY STATEMENT

Full Apology to the Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian People, from Psychoanalysis for Social Responsibility, Section 9 of Division 39, the Division of Psychoanalysis, American Psychological Association

The United States is a settler colonial nation that grew wealthy, in part, by the theft and despoiling of Native American land and culture. The Standing Rock protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline is a movement resisting the further theft, loss and despoliation, which makes the present moment an important one in which to speak out against the longstanding harm afflicted on native peoples, including much psychological harm. As members of Psychoanalysis for Social Responsibility (Section 9 of the division of psychoanalysis, Division 39, of the American Psychological Association), we respectfully offer a full apology to Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians, and we stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock resistance movement. (more…)

Welcome to the post-truth presidency

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

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Click Here to Read: Opinions: Welcome to the post-truth presidency By Ruth Marcus in the Washington Post on December 2016.

Donald Trump. (Timothy A. Clary/Agence France-Presse via Getty Images)

For voters, fantasy candidate trumped reality

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

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Click Here to Read: Commentary: For voters, fantasy candidate trumped reality By Lawrence D. Blum on the Philly.com website on December 2, 2016.

PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/GETTY IMAGES. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri on October 9, 2016.

 

The Political Situationn in the United States: Statement from the Psychotherapy and Counselling Union (PCU, UK)and Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility (PCSR, UK)

Monday, November 28th, 2016

THE POLITICAL SITUATION IN THE UNITED STATES: STATEMENT FROM THE PSYCHOTHERAPY AND COUNSELLING UNION (PCU, UK) and PSYCHOTHERAPISTS AND COUNSELLORS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (PCSR, UK)

PCU and PCSR are two progressive organisations in the UK comprised of therapists with interests in politics, society and culture. Our members are aware of the psychological impacts stemming from the result of the US election, and how these are affecting the life and work of our professional colleagues and their clients. Such impacts are manifest here as well. The atmosphere is one of violence and fear. (more…)

Psychoanalytic attitudes and nomenclature by Jane Hall

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

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Click Here to Read:  Psychoanalytic attitudes and nomenclature, Editorial by Jane Hall

A Public Manifesto Citizen Therapists Against Trumpism

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

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Click Here to Read: A Public Manifesto Citizen Therapists Against Trumpism on the Citizen Therapist website.

Division APA policy on political speech

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

INFLAMMATORY RHETORIC BY A PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE IS DANGEROUS

We, the undersigned mental health professionals and psychoanalysts, believe that inflammatory rhetoric on the part of any United States Presidential candidate is dangerous and
psychologically unhealthy to the group process of our country. Vitriolic incitement to aggressive action by a public figure is likely to stir up those in our gun-filled culture who
are angry and psychologically prone to acting out in horrible ways.

A candidate who does not discourage but encourages outbursts such as “Lock her up,” “Kill her,” “Hang her” at his public rallies, who states that he wishes to “punch out” someone, (more…)

Arendt, Schmitt and Trump’s Politics of ‘Nation’

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

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Click Here to Read:  Arendt, Schmitt and Trump’s Politics of ‘Nation’ by Feisal G. Mohamed in The New York Times on July 22, 2016.

Thoughts on Measurement II by Jane Hall.

Monday, August 15th, 2016

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Click Here to Read:  Thoughts on Measurement II by Jane Hall.

Town Hall Question for Mr. Donald Trump by Daniel S. Benveniste

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

TrumpTownHall Mr. Trump, you tell it like it is. You are bold and audacious. You don’t go in for political correctness. You speak your mind. You are creating a movement around your authoritarian personality employing black and white thinking, simple solutions for complex problems and an intolerance of ambiguity. Your slogan speeches, bumper sticker discourses, shock jock politics, political bullying and reality show action figure posturing have seduced the press and unified the lowest common elements of the frustrated and the frightened. You rally support around bigotry, stoke the flames of fear and find (more…)