BPSI Off the Couch: The Sense of an Ending

Posted in Arts at BPSI, History

Below are the remarks from the March 21, 2017 “Off the Couch” viewing of The Sense of an Ending 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. Tony Webster leads a reclusive and quiet existence until long buried secrets from his past force him to face the flawed recollections of his younger self, the truth about his first love and the devastating...

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When A Parent’s Narcissism Is The Root Of A Child’s Shame

Posted in History, Social Awareness

Gil Noam, Ed.D., Dr. Habil is Psychoanalyst Member of BPSI. His remarks originally appeared on Cognoscenti on March 27, 2019 and are reprinted below with permission from WBUR. The full commentary can be read here. Alice Miller, the eminent Swiss psychoanalyst, wrote a bestselling book decades ago, “The Drama of the Gifted Child,” which addressed how parental narcissism holds children back from exploring their own creativity and potential....

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Book Review of Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday

Posted in History, Library Corner

Simon & Schuster Shari Thurer, ScD, Psychotherapist Member of BPSI. Her remarks below originally appeared in the Spring 2018 issue of the Hann Sachs Library Newsletter, which can be read here. Review of Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday, Simon & Schuster, 2018, 288 pp. “Tell all the truth,” wrote Emily Dickenson, “but tell it slant.” Author Lisa Halliday took her advice. In her much-praised novel Asymmetry, Halliday...

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The Voice of Experience – Dan Buie – VIDEO

Posted in History, Library Corner

Dan Buie talks with his friend and colleague Alan Pollack about his life and his work with patients. Dan H. Buie, MD, is a Training and Supervising Analyst Emeritus at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (BPSI), an associate professor of psychiatry at Tufts Medical School, and the author of numerous publications on empathy, aggression, suicide, and borderline psychopathology. Alan Pollack, MD, is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst on...

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Screenagers and Library 3.13

Posted in Arts at BPSI, History, Library Corner, Social Awareness

Olga Umansky, librarian of the Hanns Sachs Library at BPSI. Her remarks below originally appeared in the Fall-Winter 2018 issue of the BPSI Bulletin, which can be read here. “What is the right age to get a smartphone?” “Can I take her phone away? It is my phone, after all!” “What amount of screen time is OK? How do we know if their brains can handle it?” “How can my child not use a phone in school? The homework assignments are actually on the...

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BPSI Off the Couch: Green Book

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Below are the remarks from the December 11, 2018 “Off the Couch” viewing of Green Book with Judith A. Yanof, MD, Member of BPSI. “Off the Couch” is part of a decades-long collaboration between The Coolidge Cinema and BPSI. When Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep...

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