“2+2=5”: Reason and Empathy in a Post-Factual Era

Posted in History, Social Awareness

Today marks exactly two months since the Women’s March on Washington, one of the largest protests the capitol and the country have ever witnessed. We asked BPSI member and Social Awareness Chair Dr. Deborah Choate for her thoughts on how our new political reality affects human relationships, both in the realm of psychoanalysis and in the “real” world.    Deborah Choate, MD   “Alternative facts.”  The Orwellian chill...

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“Alms for Oblivion” : Memory, Desire and Mortality in 20TH CENTURY WOMEN

Posted in Arts at BPSI, History

On January 17th, 2017, BPSI screened 20th Century Women at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. The film went on to receive the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. The following essay is adapted from remarks delivered after the screening. Harold J. Bursztajn, M.D.   Mike Mills’s semi-autobiographical film, 20th Century Women, is about more than the gender and time period suggested by the title.  It tells the story of a teenage boy being raised by...

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Book Review: War and Turpentine

Posted in History, Library Corner

by Simona O. Grabel, PhD A book which begins with a quote from All Quiet on the Western Front gives us fair warning of the cataclysm which is to follow.  In War and Turpentine, the Flemish author Stefan Hertmans offers us a fictionalized account of his beloved grandfather’s memoirs, whose life spanned two centuries.  Perhaps in atonement for the heirloom watch the author dropped and shattered, Hertman’s account of his grandfather’s life is a...

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Dreaming Together and Apart in LA LA LAND

Posted in Arts at BPSI, History

On Tuesday December 20th, BPSI screened  LA LA LAND at the Coolidge Corner Theater, as part of it’s monthly Off the Couch series. The following was adapted from remarks delivered following the screening.   Benjamin Herbstman, MD, MHS   Thank you for joining us tonight for this achingly beautiful film, and thanks for sticking around for the discussion.  I’d like to take about 10 minutes to talk about how film,...

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The Election and Family Values

Posted in History, Social Awareness

By: Alexandra Murray Harrison, M.D. Important Note: The image in this post and in all the previous ones are not images of the children discussed in the posting. They are simply children whose photos I have collected throughout my travels.  After the election, I was moved to write a blog post to parents and other child caregivers to support them in talking to their children about the election. Many parents at the preschool where I consult were...

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BPSI Off the Couch: MOONLIGHT

Posted in Arts at BPSI, History

Find out what what said about MOONLIGHT at November’s Off the Couch.   Moonlight: Talk for Off the Couch by Judith A. Yanof First, a bit of background:  Moonlight is an independent film, written and directed by Barry Jenkins.  It is the second feature film by this 36 year-old writer/director. The story is taken and adapted from an unproduced play by Tarell Alvin McCraney, “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue.”  The story is set in the...

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