Self Disclosures
& Unknown Passions

Posted in Arts at BPSI, History

My Psychoanalytic Journey Through Musical Theater Cary Friedman, MD The following piece was originally printed in the Spring/Summer 2017 edition of the BPSI Bulletin, which can be read here. When I was four years old, I am told, I performed the song “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?” from the Broadway musical My Fair Lady for family and friends with a perfect cockney accent. As I grew older, however, and shyness set in (or neurotic conflicts...

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“Off the Couch”: I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO

Posted in Arts at BPSI, History, Social Awareness

The following piece was adapted from remarks initially delivered on February 21st, 2017 following a screening of the documentary “I Am Not Your Negro” at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. It was first printed in the Spring/Summer 2017 edition of the BPSI Bulletin, which can be read here. The “Off the Couch” series will resume Thursday, September 19th. © Ronald Wimberly, 2015   Michele Baker, MD   I was...

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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...

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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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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...

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BPSI Off the Couch: SNOWDEN

Posted in Arts at BPSI, History

Did you miss Rodrigo Barahona’s discussion of SNOWDEN at The Coolidge Theatre on Tuesday, September 20, 2016? Read below to see what got the conversation started:     If this film were on my couch, these are the words that would come to my mind as I listened to its story: Idealization Voyeurism Exhibitionism Boundaries Privacy The...

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