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My Plan B

The next president elect of the American Psychoanalytic Association….. will not be me. I was defeated by Dr. Kerry Sulkowicz of New York City, a fine man who will do a fine job. To comfort myself in the aftermath of my loss I’ve been reading a book by another election non-winner, Mr. Andrew Yang. It’s... Read more »

How Blogging Changed My Life- A Psychoanalytic Tale

Dear Readers, . Today I’m writing you as a candidate for President. Not POTUS, of course. I’m running to be President-elect of the American Psychoanalytic Association. Founded in 1911, the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) is the oldest national psychoanalytic organization in the nation. Our vision statement says “The members of APsaA envision a world in... Read more »

On Being Humiliated

Among the lessons to be learned from the Senate hearings on Judge Kavanaugh, one that should not be missed is the psychological power of humiliation. It wasn’t the sexual assault or the fear for her life that made the strongest impression on Dr. Blasey- Ford. It was the humiliating experience of hearing Kavanaugh and his... Read more »
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An Op-Ed About Forgetting

A few weeks ago my colleague Wendy Selene and I collaborated on a piece we hoped to get published as an op-ed in one of our local papers.  Since we haven’t received any word from them,  I’m putting it out here, before it’s forgotten.   THE PRICE OF FORGETTING As psychoanalysts and mental health providers,... Read more »

On Complacency, Complicity and Moral Courage

In the wake of  what I’ve called the Trumpsformation that began on inauguration day last year,  one of my biggest fears was that my shock/rage/despair would turn into complacency. I worried that I would become a passive accomplice in maintaining a malignant status quo, one of those singled out in the quote often attributed to Dante... Read more »

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 »
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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 »
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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 »