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The Couch Abides

The Couch Abides
The New York Times is running a series on psychotherapy which they call “The Couch.”  How could I not contribute?  So  I wrote a piece and gave them the opportunity to put me on their op-ed page, and waited to hear back. Then I sent it again, and waited some more. Enough! Here it is:... Read more »

Our Theater's Good

Our Theater's Good
Sure we’ve got lousy weather here in Chicago. But at least we’ve got great theater, and the theater can set you free. That’s the premise of  Timberlake Wertenbaker’s  1990 play “Our Country’s Good,” performed by the Shattered Globe Theater Company at Theater Wit on Belmont, and I must say I’m inclined to agree. I saw... Read more »

Inside "Inside Llewyn Davis": What's In a Name?

Inside "Inside Llewyn Davis": What's In a Name?
    Some say that the mark of a good film is the way it stays with you afterwards. By that standard the Coen Brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” is a very good film indeed. It certainly got inside of me. For those of you who don’t know, “Llewyn Davis” is the name bestowed by the... Read more »
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Season's Greetings

Season's Greetings
In 1943 a man named Philip Van Doren Stern sent out an unusual Christmas card. It included a short story about a man named George who suffers one defeat too many and plans to end it all by jumping off a bridge. At the last minute he’s interrupted by a mysterious stranger who shows him... Read more »

My American Dream

In the days following the Republican National Convention I found myself in a state of persistent agitation and restless sleep, as my mind tried to wrap itself around what had happened to this country when my generation was supposed to be in charge of improving it. Then I had the strangest dream – backed by... Read more »

My Week With "Steve Jobs"

My Week With  "Steve Jobs"
I’ve just finished Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs. As a psychoanalyst I found his story totally compelling, but for reasons different from those you might expect. My interest was not in trying to understand what made him tick. It had more to do with the way he ticked, and how he got everyone to... Read more »
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Our Auto-Immune Disease

Pick a place, pick an issue, on any given day- the budget deficit battle, the massacre in Norway, our own massacre in Arizona, immigration, race, religion- it seems like these days, wherever we look, it looks like someone is making an enemy out of someone else and supplying them with hostile motives that justify a... Read more »

How Do They Think They Can Get Away With It?

Much of our public conversation about the Anthony Weiners, the Rod Blagojoviches, and all the other big fish who swim in big ponds and wind up drowning has centered on their grandiosity, sense of invulnerability, and   insatiable need for attention. “How did they ever think they could get away with it?,” goes the refrain.... Read more »

Talk Doesn't Pay, So Psychiatry Turns to Drug Therapy - NYTimes.com

Rembrandt
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/06/health/policy/06doctors.html The mental health universe that I call home has been stirred up by  Sunday’s NYTimes article about a forlorn physician, who bravely came out of the pharmaceutical closet to explain why he had removed the psyche from his practice of psychiatry. Medical economics. If psychiatry (from the Greek, Soul Healing) is in danger of... Read more »
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Us and Them-Revisited

Who’s responsible for the shooting in Tucson?  Not the politicians who trade in words, not bullets.  Not the gun sellers, who are just trying to make an honest living. Not the staff at Pima Community College, who removed the perpetrator from the classroom in order to maintain the safety of their community. No, ultimately responsibility... Read more »