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Click on the links to find information on any of the topics listed below:

Psychoanalysis and…

Trauma

Development

Gender and Sexuality

Race and Culture

Creativity

The Brain

Psychoanalysis in the News
On-Line Resources about Psychoanalysis
What is Psychoanalysis?

Video Library: Psychoanalysts On Psychoanalysis

Psychoanalysis and . . .

Trauma

The Power of Witnessing: Reflections, Reverberations and Traces of the Holocaust. by Nancy Goodman and Marilyn Meyers, 2014.

Psychic Reality in Context: Perspectives on Psychoanalysis, Personal History, and Trauma by Marion Michel Oliner, Karnac Books, 2012

This book skillfully combines autobiographical stories with clear psychoanalytical theories. During her childhood, the author experienced the Holocaust and was left understandly traumatised by it. It was her desire to confront this trauma that led her to psychoanalysis. For decades, the coherence of psychoanalysis seemed to be threatened by the conflicting thinking of many psychoanalytical colleagues about trauma and trauma affect, and also about the influence of external reality on the psychic reality discovered by Freud. However, Marion Oliner counters this potential conflict with her innovative theoretical integration, combined with remarkable conceptual outcomes and treatment techniques. (Karnacbooks.com)

How Trauma and Resilience Cross Generations – audio interview with neuropsychiatrist Dr. Rachel Yehuda on On Being with Krista Tippett, July 30, 2015

“There is a wisdom in our bodies.”

About Dr. Yehuda’s study of epigenetics and the transmission of trauma from one generation to the next.  Her studies on the children of Holocaust survivors as well as on the infants born to women who were pregnant during the attacks of September 11 revealed that the children of parents who’d been traumatized are, themselves, three times more likely than controls to experience PTSD if exposed to a traumatic event and exhibit hormonal irregularities (specifically, low cortisol levels) normally seen in those with PTSD (e.g., Transgenerational transmission of cortisol and PTSD risk, Yehuda & Beirer, 2007).

She says that a recent study of hers has also shown “epigenetic changes in response to psychotherapy.”


Development

Pretending to understand what infants say can makes them smarter by Cari Romm in The Atlantic, Aug. 29, 2014

The findings of this research raise the question of how much of a role is the parent’s capacity for mentalization playing here? One needs to be able to fantasize a baby with her or his own inner life to be able to talk to the baby as if the baby understands.

One presumes that a parent who talks to her or his baby in a way that is grossly discordant with the baby’s felt experience is not likely to help the infant to develop language.

Raising a Child by Christa Dowling in HuffPost Parents, May 12, 2015

CFS Member Karen Proner is quoted offering a Kleinian perspective on some aspects of parenting in Dowling’s article.
The Enduring Predictive Significance of Early Maternal Competence: Social and Academic Competence Through Age 32 Years by Raby et al., 2014.

Findings from the Minnesota Longitudinal Study of Risk and Adaptation, an ambitious study following 243 people from birth to age 32 conducted at the University of Maryland: “sensitive caregiving in infancy and early childhood predicted teachers’ rankings of children’s social competence with peers during childhood and adolescence, which in turn forecasted later interview ratings of romantic relationship competence during young adulthood, which in turn predicted supportive parenting in adulthood”

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Gender and Sexuality

“What We Know” Project
The “What We Know” Project is an online research portal based at Columbia Law School that marks a path-breaking convergence of scholarship, public policy and new media technology [regarding gender and sexuality]. Focusing on several pressing public policy debates, What We Know brings together in one place the preponderance of scholarly evidence that informs these debates so that policymakers, journalists, researchers and the public can make truly informed decisions about what policies and positions best serve the public interest.

World Professional Association for Transgender Health
Excellent resource for information about the most up-to-date knowledge on and for transgender people and transitioning processes.

Studies in Gender and Sexuality
Studies in Gender and Sexuality is one of the leading journals in the transdisciplinary field of gender and sexuality studies. Situated at the interface of psychoanalysis and social/cultural theory, it aims to further our understanding of how we live, theorize and transform genders and sexualities.

Pink Freud: What does psychoanalysis have to say to someone queer or trans? by Molly Castelloe, 2014 on Psychology Today.com

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Man: Psychoanalysis and Masculinity by Donald Moss, Routledge, 2012

Interview with Donald Moss
“This book addresses the unstable notion of masculinity and the ways both hetero- and homosexual man seek to shape themselves in relation to the precarious nature of being a man.” Michael J. Diamond

The Fragility of Manhood: Hawthorne, Freud and the Politics of Gender by David Greven, Ohio State University Press, 2012
‘Merging psychoanalytic and queer theory perspectives, The Fragility of Manhood: Hawthorne, Freud, and the Politics of Gender reframes Nathaniel Hawthorne’s work as a critique of the normative construction of American male identity. Through a queer theory lens, Greven reopens the question of Freud’s relevance to gender theory and to Hawthorne’s work. Greven argues that Hawthorne offers a powerful critique of normative American masculinity.’

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Race and Culture

Black Psychoanalysts Speak: video and text

Black Psychoanalysts Speak – a series of conferences presented in 2012 and 2013, sponsored by IPTAR, WAWI and the New School, featuring interviews with eleven black psychoanalysts.

The Psychology of Black Boys and Adolescents edited by Kirkland Vaughans and Warren Speilberg

“Among the myriad issues studied in this [edited set of papers] are the often-negative expectations of society, the influence of gangs, and the impact of racism and poverty. Of equal importance, the work explores culturally specific ways to engage families, youths, communities, and policymakers in the development of healthy, safe, educated boys who will become whole and successful adults.” – description from the publisher’s website

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Creativity

“We need to create ourselves daily, to be bodacious enough to create ourselves daily.” – Maya Angelou

Very intelligently written piece in the New Yorker by Maria Konnikova.
In it, she discusses writer’s block and it’s psychological correlates. She notes that Graham Greene, while in psychotherapy, started a dream journal, something he would come back to to help him with his (infrequent) bouts of writer’s block. She describes research by Barrios and Singer on writer’s block that suggests that, while different people respond differently to having writer’s block, what they all share is reduction in their production of mental imagery, of daydreaming and even of dreaming. Although Konnikova doesn’t say this, the implication is that superego conflicts are primary in most creative blocks.
 
Her conclusion: “the main message of research into writer’s block: It’s useful to escape from external and internal judgment—by writing, for instance, in a dream diary, which you know will never be read—even if it’s only for a brief period. Such escapes allow writers to find comfort in the face of uncertainty; they give writers’ minds the freedom to imagine, even if the things they imagine seem ludicrous, unimportant, and unrelated to any writing project.”

Psychoanalysis and the Artistic Endeavor: Conversations with literary and visual artists by Lois Oppenheim, Routledge, 2015

Includes interviews with Edward Albee. Mark Morris. Kiki Smith. Joyce Carol Oates. Adam Gopnik. Jacques d’Amboise. Edmund White. Denis Wedlick. Gary Shteyngart. Oliver Sacks. Andrew Solomon.

Melodies of the Mind: Connections between psychoanalysis and music by Julie Jaffee Nagel, Routledge, 2013, a sophisticated and systematic layering of music theory and psychoanalytic theory” – Shara Sand

The development of creative imagination in composers by Martin Nass, 1984, in the International Review of Psychoanalysis, v. 11.

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The Brain

Psychiatric Disorders are not Neurological Disorders

(2015) by Crossley, N. A., Scott, J., Ellison-Wright, I., & Mechelli, A. 
in The British Journal of Psychiatry, 207(5), 429-434
Meta-analysis of multiple neuroimagery studies show that there are distinct differences in the brain involvement in disorders identified as neurological versus those identified as psychological.
 
“Basal ganglia, insula, sensorimotor and temporal cortex showed greater impairment in neurological disorders; whereas cingulate, medial frontal, superior frontal and occipital cortex showed greater impairment in psychiatric disorders. The two classes of disorders affected distinct functional networks. Similarity within classes was higher than between classes; furthermore, similarity within class was higher for neurological than psychiatric disorders. . .From a neuroimaging perspective, neurological and psychiatric disorders represent two distinct classes of disorders.”

Psychiatry’s Mind-Brain Problem by George Makari in The New York Times, Nov. 11, 2015

A recent study conducted by John M. Kane at Hofstra Northshore-LIJ School of Medicine showed that “treatment programs that emphasized low doses of psychotropic drugs, along with individual psychotherapy, family education and a focus on social adaptation, resulted in decreased symptoms and increased wellness.”

Makari writes “Unfortunately, Dr. Kane’s study arrives alongside a troubling new reality. His project was made possible by funding from the National Institute of Mental Health before it implemented a controversial requirement: Since 2014, in order to receive the institute’s support, clinical researchers must explicitly focus on a target such as a biomarker or neural circuit. It is hard to imagine how Dr. Kane’s study (or one like it) would get funding today, since it does not do this. In fact, psychiatry at present has yet to adequately identify any specific biomarkers or circuits for its major illnesses.”

Leading Theory of Consciousness Rocked by Oddball Study by Anil Anasthaswamy in The New Scientist, Nov. 4, 2015

A new study suggests that – in contrast to the commonly held theory in neuroscience that the brain is far more active during conscious processing than unconscious processing – some unconscious perceptions arouse multiple areas of the brain.

This corroborates the finding observed in psychoanalytic process that an enormous amount of psychic activity takes place unconsciously, that the mind is far busier and more active than most of us know at any given moment in time, a factor implicated in such phenomena as parallel process, projective identification, countertransference, clinically utilized reverie, etc.

Subjects were shown the word LEFT multiple times interspersed with the word LEFT masked in a manner so that it was not easily discernible. When the masked word was shown (and, the researchers determined, perceived but only subliminally), an EEG signal was evident “widely across the brain.” According to Brian Silverstein, one of U Michigan-Ann Arbor researchers, “Even though [the subjects] don’t know [what] the stimuli are, the brain is still able to recognise that there is something unexpected that occurs.”

The study suggests “evidence for complex, sustained, unconscious brain activity,” a finding that corroborates psychoanalytic data starting with that obtained by Freud himself.

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Psychoanalysis in the News

American Psychoanalytic Association 2016 Annual Meetings in NYC

Congratulations to all of the CFS analysts and candidates who presented at the American Psychoanalytic Association Annual Meetings in NYC this past January. Many superb programs throughout the program! And, for once, not too cold in New York!

Harriet Basseches presented on masochism, Talia Hazor co-chaired with Christine Anzieu-Premmereur a discussion group on infant observation where IPA president Virginia Ungar presented, Irene Cairo coordinated a sold-out 2-day workshop on clinical Process and Technique, led a discussion group on Temporality in Analysis, and co-chaired a discussion group with Rogelio Sosnick on the profound ideas of Wilfried Bion, Phyllis Sloate chaired a discussion group on psychosomatic issues in analysis, Susan Finkelstein co-chaired a discussion group on Schizoid Modes in Narcissistic and Borderline States, Marie Murphy, Michael Krass, Debra Neumann, Janet Shaye and Jessica Brown co-led a discussion group on Impingements on the Analytic Container, Carmen Cepeda discussed a paper written by an analytic candidate from Italy at a discussion group sponsored by the International Psychoanalytic Studies Organization, Karen Proner chaired a discussion group on Klieinian perspectives on The Difficult Child to Reach, Jack Novick and Kerry Kelly Novick co-chaired their discussion group on Working with Parents, Gail Reed co-chaired a discussion group on French Psychoanalysis where new CFS member Howard Levine presented a talk on psychosomatics, Michael Krass and Joseph Collins co-chaired the discussion group on Working Analytically with Children and Adults on the Autism Spectrum, Alan Bass presented at a discussion group on Psychoanalytic Explorations and Jane Hall chaired her longstanding discussion group on Deepening the Treatment.

 

David Bowie: Alienation and Stardom by Rod Tweedy on Karnacology.com

Well-written and thoughtful piece by Karnac editor and author Rod Tweedy on the relationship between David Bowie’s music and persona with his deeply traumatic childhood experiences growing up with a mother, several aunts and a half brother all of whom suffered with schizophrenia.

“you wonder whether the ‘strangeness’ he was always turning to face, to embrace – the cold depths of the stars – might have been that of his mother’s: strange rather than ‘familiar’ – cut off from his life-support systems and floating in a most peculiar way. In which case all these hackneyed celebrations and glorifications of his alien ‘star’-ness and otherness are even more inappropriate and disturbing.”

 

Interview with French analyst Helene L’Heuillet about the Paris attacks of Nov 13 in VICE

Q: As a psychoanalyst, how do you approach the consequences of this fear in individuals?
“In my experience, I can tell you that fear isolates. This is one of its characteristics, noticeable among many patients I received on Saturday morning. Their psychic insecurity was real. But this is not new. Wars have always isolated people. Fear locks us in the room, in what is near, immediately visible, and sensitive. Seeing the mobilization among the population after the January attacks helped us understand that people sought, above all, to break from that sense of isolation.”

Art Exhibit in Brooklyn: Pink Freud

In Brooklyn NYC

ANDRE VON MORISSE : PINK FREUD AND THE PLEASANT HORIZON
Just Closed

ART 3
109 Ingraham Street, storefront
Brooklyn, NY 11237

Not quite paintings, nor completely photographs, von Morisse’s works occupy a special intermediate place both physical and psychological, in which the absurdity of his imagination feels all the more keen for the dreamlike specificity of his rendering. – Jonathan Goodman, Art in America, Oct. 2005

The project Pink Freud and the Pleasant Horizon stems from Andre von Morisse’s interest in the powerful influence of Freud and Darwin on ideas about psychological, scientific and spiritual motors of human life and on popular culture since the 20th century. The exhibition at ART 3 focuses on the impact of Sigmund Freud theories on contemporary society.

What Doesn’t Kill You Will Only Make You More Risk-Loving: Early-Life Disasters and CEO Behavior by Genarro Bernile, Vineet Bhagwat and P. Raghavendra Rau

This paper recently won the Ig Nobel Prize, an award presented for research that is off-beat, strange, curious and, often, funny. This year’s prizes included research on how to ‘unboil’ an egg and the amount of time mammals take to pee.
Basically, those CEOs who experienced “fatal disasters without extremely negative consequences” take more aggressive risks than those who experienced negative consequences from disaster experienced early in life, who are more conservative in their management style.
A psychoanalytic perspective is one that takes into account the impact of early experiences on our personalities throughout life. Psychoanalysts understand that the human brain is quite malleable during our childhood years and, as a result, the kinds of experiences we have can affect us in far-reaching ways, often in ways of which we are not even aware. This study is a beautiful example of the profundity and power of the relationship between childhood experience and behavior during adulthood that psychoanalysis as a field has helped us all to appreciate and that, in analytic treatment, analysts help people to better understand so as to become less rigidly controlled by the events of their pasts.

Is Psychoanalysis Dead or Alive? by Jennifer Kunst, PhD for her blog A Headshrinker’s Guide to the Galaxy on Psychology Today.com, January 23, 2014.

“Quietly, behind the scenes, a makeover has been underway in psychoanalysis. Freud is taking less of center stage and is now viewed more as Newton is to physics: a pioneer but not a god. New strands of psychoanalysis have taken root. British object relations,attachment theory, intersubjectivity, and relational approaches are bringing the outdated modes of psychoanalysis into the 21st century. Freud’s unconscious still has its place, but now there is also consideration for the place of inborn temperament, early life experiences, and the impact of another’s psyche in the development of one’s own.”

An Appeal for Cognitive Dissonance by Kerry Malawista, PhD (CFS Member) for the Huffington Post, July 6, 2015

“[E]xploring the unconscious mind requires creativity. In the consulting room and in listening to our colleagues’ work, maybe we too, can think more like the poet. Real change can only happen between our patients and ourselves if we are willing to be surprised. . .”

Conflict Resolution in The Lancet Psychiatry, July 2015, v. 2 (7)

In a recent editorial from the Lancet, a begrudging recognition of the impact of unconscious wish on our supposedly sublimated activities – including so-called ‘scientific’ research:

“Is the researcher who communicates his or her work to the general public an advocate for mental health science, or a salesperson? Is the voice loudly and repeatedly criticising a particular branch of practice—psychological or pharmacological—expressing a strong, necessary, and deeply held opinion, or pursuing a professional vendetta? Editors, of course, do not come from a neutral position: we have our own views on the direction of mental health research and care, and are prone to the flattery of having our prejudices confirmed. Although we strive consciously to resist, our office copy of Sigmund Freud’s Psychopathology of Everyday Life provides a constant reminder of the power of unconscious drives.”

Tell It About Your Mother: Can brain-scanning help save Freudian psychoanalysis? by Casey Schwartz in the New York Times, June 24, 2015

from the article: ‘‘’There can’t be a mind for neuroscience and a mind for psychoanalysis,’ [Mark] Solms has said. ‘There’s only one human mind.’ It seems such a simple statement, and yet Solms spends a good deal of his time defending this philosophy — most often to other psychoanalysts.”

The 12 Things Sigmund Freud Got Right by Blake Fleetwood in the Huffington Post, 2015.

“[W]hile some of his theories have been discredited, many major ideas have been borne out and are still relevant today.” from The 12 Things Sigmund Freud Got Right

It’s Ba-a-ack! Psychoanalysis Returns From the Near-Dead by Jacqueline Brooks for WebMD, 2000

“All across the globe, more and more men, women, and children are lying on couches and talking until they’re blue in the face, but not in the head.”

On Misdiagnosing Murderers by Ray Hoffman, MD (CFS Member)

CFS Psychoanalyst Ray Hoffman’s powerful piece on the public’s tendency to misdiagnose murderers and the harmful implications of this for ourselves and our patients.

Capitol Hill Shooting: Child Unharmed? by Kerry Malawista, PhD, MSW (CFS Member)

CFS psychoanalyst Kerry Malawista’s look at our collective denial when a child is emotionally but not physically traumatized

Charlie Hedbo and Group Regression: Mental Cultures of Idolatry and Satire by Molly Casteloe in her Psychology Today blog “The Me in We,” January 12, 2015

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Is Losing Its Effectiveness In Clinical Trials by Rob Wipond on the Mad in America: Science, Psychiatry and Community website, May, 2015

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On-Line Resources about Psychoanalysis

The Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing website is an incredible resource for almost every psychoanalytic journal article and most major book chapters ever written. Abstracts of articles written in most psychoanalytic journal are available to anyone and those paying an annual fee have access to the complete articles.

PEP-Web

CFS member Nancy Goodman created the Virtual Psychoanalytic Museum – an interactive website featuring articles, video clips, artwork and other forms of expression all speaking to the psychoanalytic perspective. Museum ‘curators’ are Paula Ellman, Marylin Meyers, Batya Monder and Nancy Goodman. Current ‘exhibits’ include a wonderful article by CFS member (and current president) Marsha Levy-Warren entitled “Injury in the Adolescent Athlete: a Developmental Disruption” and several perspectives on the intriguing and moving Craig Gillespie film, Lars and the Real Girl.

http://www.virtualpsychoanalyticmuseum.org/

The blog and podcast series from New Books in Psychoanalysis, edited and hosted by analyst Tracy Doris Morgan includes interviews with authors of current psychoanalytic books. Their interviews have included such as writers as Christopher Bollas, Jamieson Webster, Susie Orbach, Sheldon Bach and Adam Phillips

New Books in Psychoanalysis

Arnold Richards started the International Psychoanalysis blog several years ago and it has evolved into one of the most important compendia of news, announcements, reviews and theoretical essays relevant to psychoanalysis.

International Psychoanalysis

The people at Karnac books have started Karnacology, an excellent new blog that includes discussions of recently published psychoanalytic books and applications of psychoanalytic perspectives to the news.

www.karnacology.com

CFS-DC Member, Dr. Kerry Malawista writes a blog, Tales from Both Sides of the Couch, that is posted both on Psychology Today and the Huffington Post . Dr. Malawista writes about current events and common occurrences “with a psychoanalytic twist.”

Kerry Malawista’s blog


What is Psychoanalysis?

What is Psychoanalysis? Video from the Institute of Psychoanalysis, London.

This highly creative and artistic video captures in images and music some of what it is like to be in psychoanalysis.

Not Your Grandfather’s Psychoanalysis by Fred Pisoni, PsyD

 

Last-minute Breakthrough by Dr. Muriel Dimen, Nov 3, 2015

A thoughtful and insightful piece in the NYT’s Couch series from the recently deceased psychoanalyst Muriel Dimen. In this short piece, Dr. Dimen captures an experience most every therapist has encountered, and beautifully illustrates an analytic way of thinking about and responding to such a situation.

“Would Julia come back? I very much hoped so. For we had just done precisely what psychoanalysis is designed to do. She had transferred to me the image of her loved but neglectful parents. And I had become those parents, not noticing that there was an urgent need that I was not noticing. As in a drama (or a charade), we enacted the problem together, and finally were able to translate into speech what had been shown to us in our “performance.” We had become conscious of what had been unconscious.”

 

Video Library: Psychoanalysts On Psychoanalysis

Interview with Dr. David Pollens about the Oliver Burkeman’s essay in the Guardian, “Therapy Wars: the Revenge of Freud” in which Dr. Pollens was quoted.  Interview conducted by Kim Kleinman.

 

Solms presenting at the Sigmund Freud Institut in Frankfurt.  He speaks about what he learned on his farm in South Africa about the transgenerative transmission of trauma in South African families.
He says, “You’ll see as I tell you this story, because that’s all I’m going to do is tell you a story, you’ll see that it’s a story in which being a psychoanalyst was my only salvation.”
Directed by Svetlana Palmer.  Made with a grant from PEP Video.
Interviews with Jan Abram, Dana Birkstead-Breen, Catalina Bronstein, Peter Fonagy, Bob Hinshelwood, Isabel Hernandez-Halton, Rosine Perelberg, Ken Robinson, Anne-Marie Sandler, Allan Schore, Mark Solms, Riccardo Steiner and David Tuckett.  An impressive array of analysts are interviewed about the intense debate that took place in London during WWII between analysts representing Melanie Klein’s and Anna Freud’s ideas.  They also discuss current psychoanalytic notions from different theoretical perspectives and through the lens of current research on development and neuroscience, with particular emphasis on the nature of unconscious fantasy.

 

Interview with Dr. Jacob Arlow for the Michigan Psychoanalytic Society’s Oral History Project

 

Interview with Dr. Charles Brenner for the MPS’s Oral History Project

 

Charles Fisher interviewed by Arnold Richards for the NYPSI Oral Histories Project

 

(Arlow, Brenner and Fisher interviews presented by courtesy of Dr. Arnold Richards and InternationalPsychoanalysis.net)

 

Interview Series (in English) from the Societa Psicoanalitica Italiana:
Interview with Dr. Howard Levine on the topic of working with challenging patients

 

Interview with Dr. Mary Target on Affect Regulation

 

 

From the Institute of Psychoanalysis:

 

From the Anna Freud Centre:

 

 

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