How Can a Democracy Die?

Posted in History, Social Awareness

Dr. Anna Ornstein is a Supervising Analyst at BPSI. Her remarks below originally appeared in the Fall-Winter 2017 issue of the BPSI Bulletin, which can be read here.   Psychoanalytic Theories and Political Realities In the years immediately following the Second World War, a group of European immigrants–philosophers, social scientists, and psychoanalysts–known as members of the Frankfurt School, experienced feelings of déjà vu in relation...

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BPSI Off the Couch: Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid

Posted in Arts at BPSI, History

Below are the remarks from the May 15, 2018 “Off the Couch” viewing of “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid” with Phillip Freeman, MD, DMH, Member of BPSI. “Off the Couch” is part of a decades-long collaboration between The Coolidge Cinema and BPSI. Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, regularly a feature on the top ten lists of greatest westerns ever made, does not even have a definitive final print. Sam Peckinpah engaged in a fight to the death with MGM,...

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Self Disclosures and Unknown Passions

Posted in History, Social Awareness

Dr. Michele Baker is a graduate and psychoanalyst member of BPSI. Her remarks below originally appeared in the Spring-Summer 2015 issue of the BPSI Bulletin, which can be read here. When I was growing up, Jews did not play hockey—at least not in my suburb, just outside of Boston. But my husband, born a WASP, grew up playing hockey in Connecticut, and his father grew up playing hockey in upstate New York, spitting distance from the Canadian...

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BPSI Off the Couch: The Insult

Posted in Arts at BPSI, History

Below are the remarks from the February 20, 2018 “Off the Couch” viewing of The Insult with Mary Anderson, PhD, MTS, MFA, Member of BPSI. “Off the Couch” is part of a decades-long collaboration between The Coolidge Cinema and BPSI. In today’s Beirut, an insult blown out of proportions finds Toni (Adel Karam), a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser (Kamel El Basha, winner of the Best Actor prize at the Venice Film Festival), a Palestinian...

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Roberta Apfel and Bennett Simon – The Kravitz Award Series VIDEO

Posted in History, Social Awareness

The Arthur R. Kravitz Award Recipients of 2009, Roberta Apfel, MD, and Bennett Simon, MD, are interviewed by Ann Katz, EdD, about their work with children of war. The conversation was recorded in the Boston Psychoanalytic Society Library on May 9, 2018. The Arthur R. Kravitz Award for Community Action and Humanitarian Contributions was established in 2008, for our 75th anniversary, to recognize Members of BPSI who have provided noteworthy...

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The Voice of Experience – Ana-Maria Rizzuto – VIDEO

Posted in History, Library Corner

Ana-María Rizzuto, MD, shared insights about her life and work in her recent interview to Axel Hoffer, MD, for “The Voice of Experience” series of webcasts. The conversation was recorded in the library just a few months before Ana-María moved to Argentina. Dr. Rizzuto is an Adjunct Member of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and a Training and Supervising Analyst Emerita of the PINE Psychoanalytic Institute. She has...

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