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Fantastic Objects, Excited Stories and Dreadful Politics

22 Comments | Posted September 30, 2011 | 19:23:33 (EST)

Fantastic objects, excited stories, divided selves. What do they have to do with politics? Maybe everything.

A new book by British psychoanalyst David Tuckett, Minding the Markets, published this month by Palgrave and sponsored by the Institute for New Economic Thinking, may just give us hope for understanding the bewildering...

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Closing the Hope Gap: President Obama as Psychoanalyst-in-Chief

Posted February 2, 2011 | 09:45:04 (EST)

President Obama's campaign to unite the Executive Branch around the imperative to help military families in any and every way possible way is innovative, inspiring, and may just turn out to be more effective in stemming the tragic epidemic of military suicides than any psychotropic drug or psychotherapeutic intervention.

Most...

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Madgirl Part 3: Sally's Analysis Is Working and There Will Be Hell to Pay

Posted October 21, 2010 | 11:33:17 (EST)

Child psychoanalysis is rarely portrayed in the media -- maybe never -- and certainly never so well as on this season's Madmen. Sally Draper was acting out in all sorts of ways that made others uncomfortable, and finally, her parents took her to a child psychoanalyst, Dr. Edna, who is...

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Madgirl Part 4: Lost to Follow-Up?

Posted October 20, 2010 | 18:12:55 (EST)

Season 4 of AMC's Mad Men ended last Sunday. Following some episodes of irritating acting out and uncontrolled anger, Sally Draper spent some of the season in four-times-per-week psychoanalysis with "Dr. Edna" a smart, empathic and calm figure bent on helping her. The last we saw of Sally's treatment was...

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Madgirl: What Happened to Sally's Psychoanalysis on Mad Men?

Posted September 1, 2010 | 20:11:44 (EST)

I was really looking forward to seeing what happened next after Sally Draper's initial visit to a child analyst in episode 5 of this season's Mad Men. But Sally and her problems and her treatment didn't show up at all in the subsequent episode.

Instead, Episode 6, called "Waldorf Stories",...

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Madgirl: A Very Angry Child Starts Psychoanalysis on Madmen

Posted August 31, 2010 | 18:24:23 (EST)

For those of you who watch the television series Madmen with any regularity, you no doubt are acquainted with little Sally Draper, Betty and Don's oldest child, a pretty unhappy little kid since the show began.  Sally always had a tendency to look sullen and behave impulsively, often in a...

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Take America Back: A Tea Party Slogan on the Couch

Posted August 19, 2010 | 17:24:58 (EST)

I was in Western Michigan last weekend and saw signs for the then upcoming primary election. Ted Schendel was running for US Congress under the Tea Party banner. Mr. Schendel's campaign signs were particularly eye catching, and led off with the phrase "Take America Back!" in very large type. Schendel...

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A Psychoanalytic Slant: On Disavowal, War and Remembrance

Posted April 13, 2010 | 17:47:01 (EST)

This posting is, essentially, a political one, but you might think of it as "deep background."

Since the days of Anna Freud, psychoanalysts have used the concept of defense mechanisms to explain how people try to avoid painful feelings or unwanted bits of reality. The idea has great utility and...

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