Balm in Gilead – A Book Review

Posted in History, Library Corner, Social Awareness

Shari Thurer, ScD, is a BPSI Psychotherapist Member. Her below remarks originally appeared in the Winter 2021 issue of the library newsletter, which can be read here. Lawrence-Lightfoot, S. (1995). Balm in Gilead: Journey of a Healer. Penguin Books, 368pp. Reading Balm in Gilead during the pandemic was literary comfort food. The book is fundamentally the story of a Black family, who, by dint of hard work and middle-class values, did well,...

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Ten Big Bets: Transforming Education During the Pandemic and Beyond

Posted in Library Corner, Recent Work, Social Awareness

Ten Big Bets: Transforming Education During the Pandemic and Beyond (PEAR and Clover Press, 2020) is a new book by BPSI Psychoanalyst and Faculty Member, Gil G. Noam, PhD. The global pandemic has thrown schooling into disarray. Teachers, parents, and children alike face uncertainty, while distance learning strains the human connections that make schooling meaningful. In this book, noted Harvard psychologist and educator Dr. Gil Noam reminds the...

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Found in Translation – “Don’t Leave Your Room…”

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Olga Umansky, MLIS, is a librarian and archivist of the Hanns Sachs Library at BPSI. Her remarks below originally appeared in the Spring 2020 issue of the library newsletter, which can be read here. Joseph Brodsky wrote this Russian chant fifty years ago. Some thought it mocked the absurd reality outside his Leningrad apartment, while others read it as a reproach to internal exiles popular among Soviet intellectuals. The poem is funny and...

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Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels – Book Review

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Shari Thurer, ScD, is a BPSI Psychotherapist Member. Her below remarks originally appeared in the Spring 2020 issue of the library newsletter, which can be read here. Reading Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan tetralogy is a bit like listening in on a psychoanalytic session. Her characters’ thoughts, emotions and dialogue are raw, unfiltered. Her novels trace the course of a complicated, intense, volatile relationship between two women over six...

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Found in Translation – Review of “The Evolution of Felix Deutsch’s Psychosomatic Theory”

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Rita Teusch, PhD, is a Faculty Member of BPSI. Her remarks below originally appeared in the Fall 2019 issue of the Hanns Sachs Library Newsletter, which can be read here. Felix Deutsch in a BPSI seminar room, 1941. Felix Deutsch Collection, BPSI Archives. For many years, the Felix Deutsch collection at BPSI included Dr. Gerrit Hohendorf’s German-language dissertation on the evolution of Felix Deutsch’s psychosomatic theory. We...

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