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Psychoanalysis

As I Desire You: Sexuality, Enigmatic Knowing, and the Therapeutic Couple

Jaime Lubin | Posted 06.06.2016 | Books
Jaime Lubin

"There are many things we don't know and only feel," Dr. Galit Atlas writes in her book The Enigma of Desire. This sentence has haunted me, I tell the...

Could it Be a Mom Issue? White Men Aren't Voting for Hillary Clinton

Dr. Prudence L. Gourguechon | Posted 03.25.2016 | Politics
Dr. Prudence L. Gourguechon

The truth is that the world today is new and unpredictable and changing, and filled with threats that we don't understand. But dismissing a powerful Mom or sucking up to an omnipotent Father does nothing but create an illusion of control.

Three Reasons That You May Have Anxiety Dreams

Dr. Gary Trosclair | Posted 02.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gary Trosclair

A positive and inquisitive attitude toward your dreams may help you come to terms with your fears. While there is no hard and fast proof, there are studies that support the idea that engaging with dreams increases well-being. Rather than feeling at war with yourself, a more open attitude will certainly go a long way in reducing your anxiety and more comfort with your present situation.

Melanie Klein and Today's Highly Fractured Politics

Ian I. Mitroff | Posted 02.22.2016 | Politics
Ian I. Mitroff

If she were alive today, Melanie Klein, the highly influential child psychoanalyst, would have a field day analyzing the blithering pronouncements of ...

Everybody's Mother: What Hillary Clinton and Other Women in Power Need to Know About the Unconscious

Dr. Prudence L. Gourguechon | Posted 02.15.2016 | Politics
Dr. Prudence L. Gourguechon

That pesky mother issue keeps cropping up in our collective political life--and will always dog Hillary Clinton's heels, as well as those of any woman who dares to seek a position of political power.

The Political and the Psychological: What Politicians Aren't Saying About Mental Health

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
Dr. Peggy Drexler

The latest round of trash talking between GOP contenders Donald Trump and Jeb Bush has particularly focused on the other's mental health, if in an entirely juvenile sort of way. This, unfortunately, is the most common format in which mental health is referenced.

David Bowie and Embracing Our Weirdness

Psyched in San Francisco | Posted 01.25.2016 | Entertainment
Psyched in San Francisco

I have learned to embrace the weirdness in the therapy room. The unconscious speaks in strange, sometimes uncanny ways, and you have to listen to the weirdness to hear it speak.

A Conversation with "Unlocking Parental Intelligence" Author, Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.14.2015 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

This conversation is between Sally Allen of Books, Ink's HamletHub and author, Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

From Unbeliever to Hallelujah: Why Lesson.ly uses Predictive Index to Make Better Hiring Decisions

Max Yoder | Posted 09.21.2015 | Business
Max Yoder

I am a believer in the Predictive Index; it's still the only one I have tried, so I can't comment on the rest, though I hear there are plenty others out there. I think the tool has made our business better and our people happier and more productive; since making these things happen is my job, I am grateful it exists.

Need Help Working Through A Personal Crisis? Just Pretend You're Freud

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 09.21.2015 | Science

If you're in the midst of a personal crisis and trying to figure out the best solution, here's a trick that just might help you find the answer: Prete...

8 Ways to Be Your Therapist's Favorite Patient

Laura Lifshitz | Posted 07.27.2016 | Comedy
Laura Lifshitz

So you're in therapy and secretly or not-so secretly, you have taken your therapist on as a second mom or dad.

The Power of Transforming Your Story in Psychotherapy

Dr. Gary Trosclair | Posted 07.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gary Trosclair

This is the 5th in a series of posts about how clients can use depth psychotherapy effectively. For an introduction see my post 10 Tips to Make Therap...

Making Therapy Work for You: Forge an Authentic Connection With Your Therapist

Dr. Gary Trosclair | Posted 07.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gary Trosclair

Taking an active role in forging an authentic connection with your therapist has lasting rewards. It will help you to gain insight into your patterns of interaction, and, if you allow your therapist to have some importance in your life, it will allow deep healing to occur.

Madness, Music and Modernity: Studying Structural Oppression Through Musicology

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 07.06.2016 | Arts
J Nelson Aviance

The title of this post is distinctly ideological and, I believe, holds implications for a discussion of the medicalization of madness and mental illness.

An Appeal for Cognitive Dissonance

Kerry L. Malawista, MSW, Ph.D. | Posted 07.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Kerry L. Malawista, MSW, Ph.D.

In my recent blog on The Huffington Post entitled "Finding the Story as Therapist and Writer," I presented a brief clinical vignette describing how my...

Making Therapy Work for You: Have Your Feelings Without Your Feelings Having You

Dr. Gary Trosclair | Posted 06.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gary Trosclair

Some believe that venting will help them to heal, others feel that it will be most helpful to remain distanced from their feelings so that they can analyze them. They're both right. And they're both wrong.

Notes From a Dive Bar XIII

Alan Black | Posted 06.25.2016 | Fifty
Alan Black

He talks like he's some kind of analyst in the Sigmund Freud vein, lie down and let me look inside your underwear. For that's the drive for everything, he claims, talking to his pal fondling the mouth on a bottle of Corona.

Making Therapy Work for You Continued -- Tool 1: Take Off the Mask

Dr. Gary Trosclair | Posted 06.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gary Trosclair

To get the most out of psychotherapy try to show as many of the different parts of your personality in your session as you can. We all wear masks -- personas -- to get along in less intimate settings such as professional situations, and to get through difficult times.

A Glimpse Into the Dark-Side of Betrayal

Creston Davis | Posted 12.29.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Creston Davis

The one who suffers from repeated bouts of relational betrayal should seriously consider their part in co-creating the tragedy that continues to befall them. Betrayal in other words, often betrays the one betrayed, and that's the perverse angle one must learn to perceive.

The Alice Tarot: More Than Just a Pack of Cards

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 12.22.2014 | Books
Stephen D. Winick

The Alice Tarot gets its distinctive lush look from the Baba team's unique approach to illustration. Each card is based on photographs of places, animals, objects, and costumed people, collaged into seamless tableaux and blended through skillful illustration.

Gaza Now! 8.20.2014

Orna Guralnik PsyD | Posted 12.09.2014 | World
Orna Guralnik PsyD

The Gaza war has unveiled my displaced status. Most of my American friends seem helpless in the face of my predicament, yet some are provoked in ways that are mysterious to me.

Gaza Now! 8.15.2014

Orna Guralnik PsyD | Posted 12.01.2014 | World
Orna Guralnik PsyD

The Arab-Israeli conflict has been there my whole life, but this latest war has been more destabilizing than any other, disrupting any effort to manufacture the illusion of individuality, the illusion that we are not only subjects of history and nationhood.

Gaza Now! 8-13-2014

Orna Guralnik PsyD | Posted 12.02.2014 | World
Orna Guralnik PsyD

I've been calling my friends and family in Israel a lot more since the war broke out -- indeed, I've probably phoned my brother more times in the past four weeks than I have in the 20 years since I left Israel to live in New York.

Yoga and Psyche: The Birth of a Field

Mariana Caplan, Ph.D. | Posted 11.22.2014 | San Francisco
Mariana Caplan, Ph.D.

It is exciting to live in a globalized society, even as it is demanding. We have at our fingertips access to much of the knowledge that has ever been available on these subjects, both in distant past and immediate present. Yoga and psychology are tremendous complements to each other.

Revolution Is Actually Condensed Evolution

Jenny Florence | Posted 11.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Jenny Florence

Learning to listen and be responsive to our emotions is possibly the biggest generational task that we face in our current time. It is both a challenge and an extraordinary opportunity.