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Trump Uncorked is No Laughing Matter

In 1905, Sigmund Freud wrote a book called “Jokes and their Relation to the Unconscious” in which he made the case that humor was often a vehicle to express untellable truths. I thought of that when Senator Bob Corker tweeted that the White House is like an adult day care center with no one on... Read more »

White Whale

I finally understand Moby Dick. After viewing a terrific dramatization of Melville’s famous tale of a whale (courtesy of Chicago’s “Looking Glass Theater“) I came away with the idea that all the bad stuff in Captain Ahab was projected onto his nemesis, Moby, and that he was willing to sacrifice his ship and crew in... Read more »

The Things We Care About

Why do we care about the things we care about? Why do some of us care passionately about climate change while others care deeply about the right to bear arms, for example? I wanted to write a blog on the topic. So I put “Write Blog” on my “To-Do List.” My “To-Do” List is something... Read more »

Getting Ready for the Trumpsformation

  This week I’ve been struggling to get ready for the moment at which our American molecules reconfigure and we morph into whatever we’re going to become on this Inauguration Day.   Metaphors like “changing of the guard” or “passing the baton” just don’t work for me when it comes to the space between this... Read more »

I Guess It Had to Happen This Way

Some time ago I was thinking that in order to avoid torches and pitchforks, the first thing Hillary Clinton needed to do after she was elected was to meet with Donald Trump’s supporters to find out what they were so angry about. It’s not going to happen that way. Tuesday left me stunned, and Wednesday... Read more »

Oh Bernie, Where Art Thou?

Oh Bernie, Where Art Thou?
(If anyone who reads this knows anyone who knows Bernie Sanders,  please pass this on- NS) Dear Bernie, Not so long ago I was hearing so much from you. Now I’m wondering where you’ve gone. The other day after hearing the latest election polls indicating a shrinking lead for Hillary, awash in feelings of helplessness,... Read more »

On Losing Our Minds

Last week at the Republican Convention, former candidate and retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson appealed to us to use our God given brains in thinking about the implications of this Presidential election. As a psychoanalyst, I would like to make an appeal for us to use our minds before we lose them completely. The particular... Read more »

Public Health Chicago 102

In my last post I made the following proposal to our city’s gun crisis: PROPOSED ACTION PLAN:  City to offer significant  financial prize  (say several million dollars) to the individual or corporation that can create the best feasible plan to implement rational gun control in this city….  Then I got an idea, which I’m going to... Read more »

Public Health Chicago 101

This week the American Psychoanalytic Association will be holding it’s 105th annual meeting here in Chicago, at the Palmer House. Part of the program will feature Barbara Brotman, formerly a featured columnist for the Chicago Tribune, who will be talking with mental health professionals about how best to share their expertise with reporters who are... Read more »

What's Love Got to Do With It?

What's Love Got to Do With It?
There’s a strong connection between love and health, and we don’t talk about it very much. It’s not made in the doctor’s office, where patients compete with computers for their doctors attention while going through a list of obigatory questions like “do you smoke” or “do you wear a seatbelt?” When’s the last time a... Read more »