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Bion in Brazil: Supervisions and Commentaries, edited by Jose Americo Junqueria de Mattos, Gisele de Mattos Brito, and Howard B. Levine, Karnac, London, 2017, 262pp.

MedWorm - Mon, 2018-05-14 19:00
Authors: Miller IS PMID: 29765097 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: American Journal of Psychoanalysis)
Categories: Psychoanalytics

Richard Gartner: Understanding the Sexual Betrayal of Boys and Men. The Trauma of Sexual Abuse; and Healing Sexually Betrayed Men and Boys. Treatment for Sexual Abuse, Assault and Trauma.

MedWorm - Sun, 2018-04-15 19:00
Authors: Bacciagaluppi M PMID: 29662102 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: American Journal of Psychoanalysis)
Categories: Psychoanalytics

Authority, Psychotherapy and the Authority of the Therapist in the Religious Haredi Community.

MedWorm - Sun, 2018-04-15 19:00
This article considers the meaning and significance of authority, and its relevance to the transference process, within the framework of psychotherapy in the orthodox Jewish (Haredi) community in Israel. In this community, deeply-rooted habits of obedience to the commandments of the Torah and the authority of the Rabbi are integral to maintaining an orthodox way of life. Clinical vignettes with Haredi patients are presented to illustrate the complexities that arise when both patient and therapist belong to the orthodox community, and highlight the authority-related issues that are central to the therapy. This combination of factors requires a sensitive and finely-tuned approach which will enable the therapist to maintain the treatment framework while still accommodating the orthodox way of...
Categories: Psychoanalytics

Not in My Family: German Memory and Responsibility After the Holocaust, by Roger Frie, Oxford University Press, New York, 2017, 312pp.

MedWorm - Tue, 2018-04-10 19:00
Authors: Laub D PMID: 29643371 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: American Journal of Psychoanalysis)
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Good and Bad: Love and Intimacy From Plato to Melanie Klein.

MedWorm - Tue, 2018-04-10 19:00
Authors: Stromberg D Abstract Melanie Klein's theories on love outline a complex system of relations-an oscillating dynamic of psychical and emotional tendencies following from both actual experience and fantasies produced by the mind. Her insights are often discussed and applied in psychoanalytical contexts, but the philosophical implications of her theory-especially in relation to Platonic thought-have rarely been discussed. In this article, I will attempt to address this gap by setting out some preliminary yet core considerations shared by both Plato and Klein. First, I will describe some structural parallels between Kleinian and Platonic thought, especially in dialectical terms. Second, I will outline Plato's covert influence on Freud as passing through the teachings of philoso...
Categories: Psychoanalytics

Reading willy wonka in the era of anti-thinking.

MedWorm - Tue, 2018-04-10 19:00
READING WILLY WONKA IN THE ERA OF ANTI-THINKING. Am J Psychoanal. 2018 Apr 11;: Authors: Miller IS Abstract Whether encountered as a movie or novel, Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a childhood staple of postwar Anglophone culture. Originally published in 1964, Dahl's story of "Willie Wonka" is a morality tale for our times addressed by the present essay in relation to the precariousness, violence, intergenerational faith, and materialist fantasies reflective of contemporary life in the early twenty-first century. Compensating for the precarity of contemporary life's impoverishment as assumptions of societal stability are overthrown, this chronicle of the Bucket family details: envious desire validated by large group chosen trauma; authoritarian enslav...
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From Die Traumdeutung to The Squiggle Game: A Brief History of an Evolution.

MedWorm - Tue, 2018-03-27 19:00
Authors: Stefana A Abstract It is often possible to retrace the history of a new concept or a new technique, identifying precursor and reflections that would lay the foundations for the birth of something "new". This also applies to the "squiggle game" of Donald W. Winnicott, one of the Winnicottian "creations" in which the distinctive signs of its fatherhood are more evident as, at the same time, are evident several debts to other scientists: from Freud's interpretation of dreams, through Jung, Klein and Fordham to Milner's "free drawings". PMID: 29593360 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: American Journal of Psychoanalysis)
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Elia Kazan's America America: A Message for America.

MedWorm - Sun, 2018-03-25 19:00
Authors: Molofsky M Abstract Elia Kazan's 1963 film, America America is a tribute to the immigrant experience of his own forebears, and has relevance to the refugee crisis of today. In stark black and white cinematography, the film provides insight into the refugee-immigrant experience, personified in Stavros, a young man longing for freedom, obsessed with an idealized America. His hope and innocence cannot safeguard him. His memories of his happy childhood and loving family create idealizing transferences to a world of others who manipulate and betray him as he undertakes his quest. Eventually he too learns to manipulate and betray, unconsciously identifying with the aggressor. History will offer ethical challenges, the black and white cinematography mirroring the black and white ...
Categories: Psychoanalytics

The Enigma of Desire: Sex, Longing, and Belonging in Psychoanalysis, by Galit Atlas, Routledge, New York, 2016, 179pp.

MedWorm - Tue, 2018-03-20 19:00
Authors: Orfanos SD PMID: 29563603 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: American Journal of Psychoanalysis)
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Trauma and Countertrauma, Resilience and Counterresilience: Insights from Psychoanalysts and Trauma Experts, edited by Richard Gartner, Routledge, New York, 2017, 316pp.

MedWorm - Sun, 2018-02-18 19:00
Authors: Gensler D PMID: 29459755 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: American Journal of Psychoanalysis)
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Humility.

MedWorm - Sun, 2018-02-18 19:00
Authors: Akhtar S Abstract This paper offers a nuanced discourse on the otherwise ignored topic of humility. It brings together scattered comments within psychoanalysis, secular lay-literature, sociocultural studies, and religious thought on humility. The paper also describes pathological variants of humility (excessive, deficient, false, and compartmentalized) and delineates five areas of clinical practice where humility plays an important role: (i) humility in selecting patients to treat, (ii) humility in daily conduct with patients, (iii) humility in the attitude of listening to clinical material, (iv) humility in the manner of intervening, and (v) humility in deciding upon the longevity of our professional careers. PMID: 29459756 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source:...
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Inventing God: Psychology of Belief and the Rise of Secular Spirituality, by Jon Mills, Routledge, London and New York, 2017, 244pp.

MedWorm - Sun, 2018-02-18 19:00
Authors: Cohen M PMID: 29459757 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: American Journal of Psychoanalysis)
Categories: Psychoanalytics

The Wisdom of Lived Experience; Views from Psychoanalysis, Neuroscience, Philosophy and Metaphysics, by Maxine Anderson, Karnac Books Ltd, London, 2016, 146pp.

MedWorm - Wed, 2018-02-07 19:00
Authors: Turtz J PMID: 29422680 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: American Journal of Psychoanalysis)
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Melancholic Response to War Destruction and the Emergence of a Group Assumption of Post-Ness.

MedWorm - Wed, 2018-02-07 19:00
Authors: Yordanova K Abstract What psychological response does war and forced displacement evoke in victims? How do survivors of war communicate their experiences to their children? Finally, what culture does the psychological response to loss shape? Using data collected through interviews, psychological consultations, and children's drawings from two sources-the ongoing Syrian civil war and the Bosnian war of 1992-1995, this paper suggests that the experience of the war generation becomes the organizing axis of their identity and that of their children. It seeks to demonstrate that survivor parents communicate their experience of loss through gesture, act, and object rather than through a coherent narrative. Whereas survivor children use metaphoric and metonymic readings of their ...
Categories: Psychoanalytics

Becoming Myself, by Irvin D. Yalom, Basic Books, New York, 2017, 343pp.

MedWorm - Wed, 2018-02-07 19:00
Authors: Zuckerman JR PMID: 29422682 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: American Journal of Psychoanalysis)
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Never again! Trauma disrupts the experience of time.

MedWorm - Wed, 2018-02-07 19:00
Authors: Stolorow RD PMID: 29422683 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: American Journal of Psychoanalysis)
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Somatic Countertransference as Evidence of Adhesive Identification in a Severely Traumatized Woman.

MedWorm - Wed, 2018-02-07 19:00
Authors: Eekhoff JK Abstract This paper discusses the use of somatic countertransference as a means of learning about the patient, about projective and adhesive identification and about the object relating nature of the most traumatized and withdrawn part of the personality. It assumes an elemental knowledge of British Object Relations and uses clinical material to illustrate the hypotheses that somatic countertransference is an indicator of a very elemental communication occurring from the aspect of the psyche that is united in a body mind or mind body. The paper assumes that this body mind was object seeking at birth and perhaps before. Because these early aspects of the personality are non verbal and non conceptual, the analyst must rely not only on the verbal material in a sess...
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Ethical Presence in the Psychoanalytic Encounter and the Role of Apology.

MedWorm - Wed, 2018-02-07 19:00
Authors: Weiss M Abstract This paper discusses aspects of ethical presence in psychoanalysis, and the possible use of apology in the therapeutic process. The author roughly delineates two periods in the history of psychoanalysis regarding the ethical dimension-the early classical period which is influenced by Freud's ethics of honesty, which gradually evolves towards the more recent intersubjectively-influenced period, necessitating the assimilation of an ethics of relationships. It is suggested that explicit theorizing of the ethical dimension into psychoanalysis offers added value to its effectiveness, and a framework is presented for combining relational, intersubjectively informed ethical dialogue, with contributions of classical technique, enriching the therapeutic potential ...
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Binocular Vision in the Total Situation.

MedWorm - Wed, 2018-02-07 19:00
Authors: Joannidis C Abstract This paper investigates the concept of "total situation" which, even though introduced into psychoanalytic thinking via sister disciplines, such as sociology, the neurosciences, etc., has gradually acquired a relatively prominent position in current therapeutic practice. It is used as a metaphor for the envelopment of the unfolding transferential and related events in the analytic process. Irrespective of whether one focuses on the individual analytic condition or the group-analytic one, contemporary psychoanalytic perspectives include both the bi-personal unconscious interactions and the various levels of the total situation in their conceptualizations of the nature of the process. Such a complex approach in conceptualization can only be achieved thro...
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