I'd like to discuss how therapy (all therapy) works, as opposed to why it works, and how specific people, such as those in LGBT communities, are affected when we presume to know what makes someone mentally and emotionally "well."
Romney doesn't need another political advisor, or campaign manager. He needs a psychoanalyst, someone who can get inside his head, help him achieve some clarity, and figure out why he keeps sabotaging himself.
What is at question, then, in the debate about short-term vs. long-term therapy is not how long the treatment takes. It is, rather, the existence, and the desirability (or not) of working with the unconscious.
To many on the left, President Obama is a disappointment. To many on the right, President Obama is a socialist threat to American freedoms. Both of these reactions are based on projections -- the unconscious fantasies of each group projected onto the president.
Violence has reached epidemic proportions in American society. It has been an epidemic for far too long. Therefore, addressing shame -- one of the most important causes of violence -- is a major priority.
Interpretative expansion of the patient's capacity for reflective awareness of old, repetitive organizing principles occurs concomitantly with the emotional impact and meanings of ongoing relational experiences with the therapist.
Incest in the arts and literature is not new -- going back as far as Greek mythology -- but it was almost always disguised or implied. Now these twisted romances are depicted in graphic detail for all to see.
On Dec. 8, a French judge must decide whether or not to ban a documentary by Sophie Robert, "The Wall: Psychoanalysis Put to the Test for Autism," that highlights the treatment -- psychoanalysis -- that families are offered in France when seeking help for their child with autism.
This book takes one on that journey in a most spirited and intelligent exchange between two fierce souls who dedicated their lives to exploring the innermost secrets of the interplay between the human, the divine, and the demonic.
A Dangerous Method is a triumph. Drawn from historical fact, it's a fairly straightforward account of the turbulent triangle formed by fledgling psychiatrist Carl Jung, his mentor Sigmund Freud, and the gifted but troubled patient who came between them.
Stolorow has become, in my view and those of others, one of the country's pre-eminent thinkers on the subject of trauma. Hence, his recent book, World, Affectivity, Trauma: Heidegger and Post-Cartesian Psychoanalysis .