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Psychoanalysis

How To Choose The Best Type Of Psychotherapy For You

Deborah L. Cabaniss, M.D. | Posted 03.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Deborah L. Cabaniss, M.D.

Some types of psychotherapy are short-term, lasting a few weeks, while others are long-term, lasting months or years. Some focus mostly on the problem at hand, while others encourage people to speak freely about whatever comes to mind in order to uncover unconscious thoughts and feelings.

Everyone Comes to Meditation Practice for the Wrong Reason: A Conversation with Psychoanalyst Barry Magid

Matt Bieber | Posted 03.04.2014 | Religion
Matt Bieber

We may sign up for all the talk about letting go and impermanence and being in the moment, we're actually secretly holding out hope that practice helps us arrive at some improved spiritual plane.

Why Your Therapist Should Go 'Back to the Future'

Douglas LaBier | Posted 04.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Douglas LaBier

I recently spoke to psychology doctoral students about the innovative contributions of some pioneering psychoanalysts in New York and Washington and w...

The 'Golden Rule' of the Helping Professions

Ross A. Rosenberg | Posted 02.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Ross A. Rosenberg

As people who are entrusted with so much responsibility, professional helpers should conduct themselves according to a standard that prohibits them from providing services that they themselves need.

What Memories Are Made of

Kerry L. Malawista, MSW, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Kerry L. Malawista, MSW, Ph.D.

We all perceive things as we imagine them to be, based on our own histories, as seen through our current lens of the world. This is why two people experiencing the very same event will tell the story in completely different ways. They can have two completely different "realities."

Tales From Both Sides of the Couch: First Sessions

Kerry L. Malawista, MSW, Ph.D. | Posted 11.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Kerry L. Malawista, MSW, Ph.D.

In technical terms my thoughts about Dr. K and his car were bits of transference -- feelings related to other important figures in my life that I transferred onto him. This transferential moment could have been an important opening, enabling this therapy to get off the ground.

Sin Does Not Exist: Part 1

George Elerick | Posted 09.15.2013 | Religion
George Elerick

What are the sociological implications behind the notion of "sin," religious or otherwise? The claims that humans are intrinsically evil are highly problematic not solely do to the fact that the claim resides on a false-dichotomy. It only sees one-side of the story.

Infertility Saved My Life

Julia Indichova | Posted 08.27.2013 | Women
Julia Indichova

One day, in a last-ditch effort to prop up my wilting ovaries, I decided on a physical and emotional overhaul. I thought if I don't get pregnant, at least I'll be the healthiest I've ever been.

An Imperfect Manual

Tamara McClintock Greenberg | Posted 08.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Tamara McClintock Greenberg

For those of us conducting therapy everyday, no diagnostic system really explains the depths of human suffering. The fact is that psychotherapy is hard to define and hard to explain.

Hedda Bolgar, Pioneering Psychoanalyst, Dies at 103

Michael Sigman | Posted 07.15.2013 | Fifty
Michael Sigman

Dr. Hedda Bolgar, an extraordinary psychoanalyst, scholar, teacher, supervisor, lecturer, speaker, author and social justice activist, died peacefully...

What Do You Think Of When You See This Couch?

The Huffington Post | Brie Dyas | Posted 05.06.2013 | HuffPost Home

This sofa has changed many minds over the years.

To Be, Or To Be 'Well': How Psychotherapy Works

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 06.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

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."

Death Wish Recognized: A Case for Long-Term Treatment

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

Do these words get us any closer to answering the interminable questions above, or do they simply attempt to soothe our desperate and restless desire to control the uncontrollable?

No More In Between: A Psychoanalytic Perspective

Ruth Neubauer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ruth Neubauer

My closest friend in the world believes that in the future the Republican Party will be moving to the center. The center is where they have to go in o...

Thoughts on Psychotherapy and Speculations About Its Star Trekian Future

Lloyd Glauberman, Ph.D. | Posted 01.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Lloyd Glauberman, Ph.D.

Kagan's observations beg the question about the extended future of therapy. Perhaps science fiction can provide an answer and offer a glimpse into what lies ahead.

Romney on the Couch

Mindy Utay | Posted 11.20.2012 | Politics
Mindy Utay

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.

Creativity: Through a Psychological Lens

Ruth Neubauer | Posted 08.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Ruth Neubauer

Creativity is rooted in the complexity of the capacity to play. The capacity for play emanates and radiates from a sense of safety, an internalize...

In Defense of Slow and Tedious: Quick-Fix Therapy or the Kind That Takes 'Forever'?

Jane G. Goldberg, Ph.D. | Posted 07.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Jane G. Goldberg, Ph.D.

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.

Freudian Matters (Video)

Crane.tv | Posted 07.30.2012 | Arts
Crane.tv

What's in a name? For the Freud clan it would seem that theirs denotes both notoriety and intrinsic creativity. Relatives of the original Sigmund Freu...

Caught Between Two Extremes: Obama on the Couch

Justin Frank | Posted 07.07.2012 | Politics
Justin Frank

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.

Confronting Shame-Based Politics: The Biggest Challenge of All

Ian I. Mitroff | Posted 06.24.2012 | Books
Ian I. Mitroff

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.

Louise Bourgeois: The Return Of The Repressed

Posted 03.16.2012 | Arts

Louise Bourgeois created haunting sculptural forms inspired by femininity and domesticity. But through her touch, these 'soft' subject matters morph i...

What Is Character And How Does It Change?

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 04.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Robert D. Stolorow

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.

Woman Behind

Tamara McClintock Greenberg | Posted 03.31.2012 | Women
Tamara McClintock Greenberg

If so many women had female sexual dysfunction, why didn't my mother tell me about it and why weren't my friends talking about it?

Breaking Yet Another Taboo -- Is It a Good Thing for Our Psyche?

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 03.06.2012 | Entertainment
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

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.