Archive for the 'Letters To Editors' Category

Henry Lothane’s Letter to New York Times on Banality of Evil

Saturday, April 21st, 2018

Click Here to Read:  Henry Lothane’s Letter to New York Times on Banality of Evil.  This letter was unpublished.

Click Here to Read:  Hannah Arendt on Loneliness as the Common Ground for Terror and How Tyrannical Regimes Use Isolation as a Weapon of Oppression by Maria Popova on the Brain Pickings website on December 20, 2016.

Click Here to Read: Reflections on Violence by Hannah Arendt in the New York Review of Books on July 11, 2013.

Click Here to Read: Hannah Arnedt on Philosophy Thursday on this website.

Click Here to Read: Lonely Thinking: Hannah Arendt on Film on this website (more…)

Unpublished Letter to the New York Times by Howard Schwartz

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

Click Here to Read:  Unpublished Letter to the New York Times by Howard Schwartz RE Donald Trump’s Immigration Policies.

South side of the United States-Mexico border wall in Progreso Lakes, Texas. 21 March 2016.  Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

 The Ways We Fail Those With Mental Illness

Monday, March 12th, 2018

Click Here to Read:   The Ways We Fail Those With Mental Illness Letters to the Editors of the New York Times on March 8, 2018.

Photo by Alex Proimos from Sydney, Australia.  Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

The Ways We Fail Those With Mental Illness

Friday, March 9th, 2018

Click Here to Read:  The Ways We Fail Those With Mental Illness Letters to the Editor in The New York Times on March 8, 2018.

Chitrapa at English Wikipedia. Mural on the en:Berlin Wall at the East Side Gallery (Spring 2002). Photo by Peter Rimar.

Letter to the New York Times by Henry J. Friedman

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

To the Editor:

Re “I Can’t Stop Mass Shooters,” by Amy Barnhorst (Op-Ed, Feb. 21):

As a psychiatrist practicing for many decades, I have long understood the problems that stop mental health professionals from effectively preventing angry, hating young men from using automatic weapons to murder large numbers of young people whom they both envy and hate.

Dr. Barnhorst has described her experience as an emergency psychiatrist so clearly that anyone who reads her article should be able to comprehend why reliance upon psychiatrists and other mental health workers to prevent future occurrence of mass murders is unrealistic.

As she demonstrates, it may be easy as a psychiatrist to hospitalize and treat a delusional patient experiencing command hallucinations, but this isn’t the case with the kind of raging young man intent on revenge against those he blames for his outsider misery.

Dr. Barnhorst’s article is an example of a psychiatrist successfully educating the public and her colleagues in psychiatry about the limitations of concentrating on mental illness as the cause of mass murders.

HENRY J. FRIEDMAN
CAMBRIDGE, MASS.

The writer is an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Chuck Close and an Artist’s Behavior

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Click Here to Read: Chuck Close and an Artist’s Behavior Letters to the Editor in the New York Times on February 1, 2018.

Date: 23 April 2015, 11:11, Source: 86th Street: Chuck Close, Subway Portraits, Author: Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York.   Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Letters to the Editor: Let’s Talk About Male Sex Drive

Monday, December 4th, 2017

Click Here to Read: Let’s Talk About Male Sex Drive  Re “The Unexamined Male Libido” (Sunday Review, Nov. 26) by Henry J. Friedman and other in The New York Times on December 2, 2017,

Psychiatrists Warn About Trump’s Mental State

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

Click Here to Read:  Psychiatrists Warn About Trump’s Mental State by Bandy S. Lee in The New York Times on November 30, 2017.

More Rules of Impeachment

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Click Here to Read:   More Rules of Impeachment by Allan Lichtman, reply by Noah Feldman and Jacob Weisberg on the New York Review of Books in the October 26, 2017 Issue.

Alexander Hamilton;
portrait by James Sharples, circa 1796

A poor analysis of the father of psychoanalysis

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

Click Here to Read:  A poor analysis of the father of psychoanalysis by Michael S. Roth in the Washington Post on September 15, 2017.

Click Here to Read:  Cutting ’Em Down to Size: A new dismantling of Freud shows the value of a critic’s well-honed hatchet By Laura Miller on the Slate website on September 5, 2017.

Click  Here to Read: Physician Heal Thyself   Part I by Frederick Crews in the New Review of  Books September 29. , 2011.

Click Here to Read:  Physician Heal Thyself   Part II by Frederick Crews in the New Review of  Books October 13, 2011.

Click Here to Read:   How we feel about Freud: Susie Orbach and Frederick Crews debate his legacy: Crews, an academic, thinks psychoanalysis is an unscientific jumble of ideas, while psychoanalyst Orbach would prefer not to throw the baby out with the patriarchal bias by Dr Frederick Crews and Susie Orbach on the Guardina website on August 20, 2017.

Click Here to Read:   ‘Freud: The Making of an Illusion,’ by Frederick Crews Reviewed By Carl Rollyson in the San Francisco Chronicle on August 25, 2017. (more…)

Chronicling Trump by Richard Tuch

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Click Here to Read:  Chronicling Trump by Richard Tuch. The following represent a series of letters written contemporaneously and submitted to newspapers for publication, three of which appeared in the NY Times and the LA Times. The dates reflect when the piece was penned.

Letters to the Editor: Our Freudian Complex

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

Click Here to Read:  Letters to the Editor: Our Freudian Complex on The New York Times on September 8, 2017.

Click Here to Read:  Cutting ’Em Down to Size: A new dismantling of Freud shows the value of a critic’s well-honed hatchet By Laura Miller on the Slate website on September 5, 2017.

Click  Here to Read: Physician Heal Thyself   Part I by Frederick Crews in the New Review of  Books September 29. , 2011.

Click Here to Read:  Physician Heal Thyself   Part II by Frederick Crews in the New Review of  Books October 13, 2011.

Click Here to Read:   How we feel about Freud: Susie Orbach and Frederick Crews debate his legacy: Crews, an academic, thinks psychoanalysis is an unscientific jumble of ideas, while psychoanalyst Orbach would prefer not to throw the baby out with the patriarchal bias by Dr Frederick Crews and Susie Orbach on the Guardina website on August 20, 2017.

Click Here to Read:   ‘Freud: The Making of an Illusion,’ by Frederick Crews Reviewed By Carl Rollyson in the San Francisco Chronicle on August 25, 2017.

Click Here to Read: He’s Back: Freddy Crews Claws Freud by George Makari, M.D. on his Revolution in Mind blog on the Psychology Today blogs on October 12, 2011.

Click Here to Read:  Freud the fraud: a new book reviewed by Jerry Coyne on the Why Evolution is True website.

Click here to Read: Psychoanalysis after Freud: A Response to Frederick Crews and Other Critics by Glen O. Gabbard, Sheldon M. Goodman, and Arnold D. Richards, which was previously published as Glen O. Gabbard, Sheldon M. Goodman, and Arnold D. Richards (Summer 1995). Psychoanalysis after Freud: A Response to Frederick Crews and Other Critics. Psychoanalytic Books, 6(2), 155-173, and appears with the authors’ permission.

On Crew’s Freud: The Making on An Illusion: Letter by Nathan Szajnberg

Thursday, August 31st, 2017
Dear Editor:

One of Frederick Crews’ earliest books (1963) was “The Pooh Perplex.” But, on Pooh, a professor of English literature can’t build much of an academic career. Then, he infected himself with “Freudianism” (not psychoanalysis nor Freud).  With no documented training nor expertise in the field, he has built his notoriety. This might be like a professor of English literature building a career on critiquing quantum mechanics or neuroscience  — oh, but readers would expect that person to have had some training in those fields.

Nevertheless, this English professor who professes to be an expert in Freud or psychoanalysis now writes a 746 page book critiquing Freud.

His book might better be described as a work of fiction: at best entertaining, but we wouldn’t expect fiction to be true.  Fiction is illusion, which is what Crews has written.

Then again, Crews’ Pooh book was a series of parodies of others. And now, he has parodied himself.
N. Szajnberg MD

False Accusations

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Click Here to Read:   False Accusations: Letter to the Editor of the New York Times by Henry J. Friedman on April 21, 2017.

Henry J. Friedman on “This Close to Happy”

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

‘This Close to Happy’

To the Editor:

In his detailed and positive review of “This Close to Happy,” Daphne Merkin’s exploration of her lifelong struggle with a major depressive illness (Feb. 5), Andrew Solomon correctly identifies Merkin’s unrelenting honesty about herself as distinguishing her memoir from other tales of depression that are self-promoting or encourage the reader to admire the author. Reading Merkin’s book as a psychiatrist-psychoanalyst, I agree with Solomon’s praise for her unusual frank, self-critical voice, but I would locate the book’s strength in her attempt to differentiate developmental and emotional elements in determining her depression from genetic factors that can result in bipolar or unipolar depression. (more…)

Letter to the Editor of the Boston Globe by Henry J. Friedman

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Speculation and controversy over psychiatrists and psychologists attempting to diagnose President Trump are well outlined in the column by Sharon Begley. What is missed is the necessary distinction between our ability to comment on Trump’s mode of thinking and the act of making a diagnosis by any psychiatric criteria. When an individual continually overestimates the degree of danger coming at them or, in this case, at us as a nation; when danger is seen in everyone, including courts and judges and Mexicans; and when dissidents are all denounced as potentially dangerous, we are observing a form of paranoid thinking.

Such thinking, when linked to grandiosity, can radiate to the public and cause people to feel threatened and insecure about the danger that may result from our president’s character style. This is readily observable by any (more…)

An Eminent Psychiatrist Demurs on Trump’s Mental State

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Click Here to Read: An Eminent Psychiatrist Demurs on Trump’s Mental State Letter to the Editor to The New York Times on by Allen Frances on February 14, 2017.

Click Here to Read: Mental Health Professionals Warn About Trump by Lances Dodes and Joseph Schachter to the Editors of the New York Times on February 13, 2017.

Mental Health Professionals Warn About Trump

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Click Here to Read: Mental Health Professionals Warn About Trump by Lances Dodes and Joseph Schachter to the Editors of the New York Times on February 13, 2017.

Dr. Dodes is a retired assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Schachter is a former chairman of the Committee on Research Proposals, International Psychoanalytic Association. The letter was also signed by 35 other psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers.

Letter to the Editors of NYRB from Donald Moss

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

(Click Here to Read: Psychoanalysis after Freud: A Response to Frederick Crews and Other Critics by Glen O. Gabbard, Sheldon M. Goodman, and Arnold D. Richards on this website.)

To the Editors of NY Review of Books:

So, let me get this straight. Per Mr. Crews, we would be led to believe the following analogy:

Freud is to psychoanalysis as L. Ron Hubbard is to Scientology. The analogy would hold because on both of its sides we would find corrupt founders duping millions by selling private fantasy as truth.

Now, though, with that analogy in place, we would still be left with a problem. Continuing to working analogically, we would now have to find a way to place Mr. Crews and Mr. Freud in a companion analogy.

We can easily construct one: Crews will be to Freud as, well, J. Edgar Hoover was to Martin Luther King. Yes, that seems right. After all, King, like Freud, did have his flaws; and Hoover, hating King, went after those flaws. So far, the analogy is working.

We can see the logic, shared here by Hoover and Crews. (more…)

Kitty Dukakis and Electroshock Therapy

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

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Click Here to Read: Kitty Dukakis and Electroshock Therapy, Letter to the Editor of The New York Times by Warren Procci on January 5, 2017.