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Suicide: Spade, Bourdain, Queen Maxima’s sister Ines Zorrequieta, and 30 % higher. What’s going on?

There are always “lessons” that we, as survivors, try to extract from these tragic ends. There is a powerful need to explain, and explain away, what feels to most of us frightening inexplicable e.g. How could someone so…. rich, successful, famous, young, full of promise feel so hopeless, so dead-ended to do this? As a practicing psychoanalyst I feel our field has something special to say and to remind those of us left behind. One at this point, almost trite

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Trump, Collusion, and Representative Democracy

A Chinese curse goes as follows: May you live in interesting times! We are in one of these. There have been massive shifts in alliances that have existed for over fifty years since the end of the last World WAR. Friends become enemies and enemies become friends as the political economic horizon has changed. Here in the USA tensions run high over what it means to be American and immigration policies, gender and social roles, class distinctions etc. in a

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There is so much dissension; how can we come together?

It seems like every night and possibly all day long the media offers us constant reminder of the multiple splits in our nation. While of course it is necessary to recognize and support populations who are or have been mistreated or neglected or ignored, there is a danger in doing this that we become less a nation and more a collection of hordes espousing their special interests. There are many different explanations as to why we have become such a

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THE DREAM SCREEN AND SOCIAL MEDIA, ARE WE CONNECTING OR LOSING TOUCH?

In a recently submitted paper: “A Universal Unconscious Fantasy as the Basis for Dreaming” I attempted to highlight the value of the work of Bertram Lewin. He was perhaps best known for his identifying the “dream screen” (“Sleep, mouth and the Dream Screen”, Psy. Quart 15:419-434) as a special element in dream life. He correlated it first with the surface of the breast and speculated that the dream is always projected onto a white or “blank” screen and indicated by

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Suicide: Spade, Bourdain, Queen Maxima’s sister Ines Zorrequieta, and 30 % higher. What’s going on?

There are always “lessons” that we, as survivors, try to extract from these tragic ends. There is a powerful need to explain, and explain away, what feels to most of us frightening inexplicable e.g. How could someone so…. rich, successful, famous, young, full of promise feel so hopeless, so dead-ended to do this? As a practicing psychoanalyst I feel our field has something special to say and to remind those of us left behind. One at this point, almost trite

Read More »

Trump, Collusion, and Representative Democracy

A Chinese curse goes as follows: May you live in interesting times! We are in one of these. There have been massive shifts in alliances that have existed for over fifty years since the end of the last World WAR. Friends become enemies and enemies become friends as the political economic horizon has changed. Here in the USA tensions run high over what it means to be American and immigration policies, gender and social roles, class distinctions etc. in a

Read More »

There is so much dissension; how can we come together?

It seems like every night and possibly all day long the media offers us constant reminder of the multiple splits in our nation. While of course it is necessary to recognize and support populations who are or have been mistreated or neglected or ignored, there is a danger in doing this that we become less a nation and more a collection of hordes espousing their special interests. There are many different explanations as to why we have become such a

Read More »

THE DREAM SCREEN AND SOCIAL MEDIA, ARE WE CONNECTING OR LOSING TOUCH?

In a recently submitted paper: “A Universal Unconscious Fantasy as the Basis for Dreaming” I attempted to highlight the value of the work of Bertram Lewin. He was perhaps best known for his identifying the “dream screen” (“Sleep, mouth and the Dream Screen”, Psy. Quart 15:419-434) as a special element in dream life. He correlated it first with the surface of the breast and speculated that the dream is always projected onto a white or “blank” screen and indicated by

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