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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Self Disclosures and Unknown Passions

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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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Roberta Apfel and Bennett Simon – The Kravitz Award Series VIDEO

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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 Allure of Trump’s Narcissism

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What is meant by Trump’s narcissism? In this article from the Los Angeles Review of Books, BPSI Faculty and Member, and Harvard historian Elizabeth Lunbeck unpacks the president’s appeal to his constituents, finding a capability where others find a pathological diagnosis. Exploring the popular and medical definitions of the term, Lunbeck provocatively also suggests its flipside–the charm and charisma that often gets political...

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Conversations with People Who Hate Me – Dylan Marron Talks the Talk and Walks the Walk

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Dr. Michele Baker is a graduate and psychoanalyst member of BPSI. Her remarks below originally appeared in the Fall-Winter 2017 issue of the BPSI Bulletin. My husband is a rabbi. He was raised Episcopalian and converted, so he is Jewish, but not exactly in the same way I am. He didn’t have Jewish grandparents who paid him to eat the three cardinal food groups: milk, eggs, and bananas. He didn’t go to Jewish summer camp. And he wasn’t raised to...

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Stress Regulation: “From Theory to Practice”

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By: Alexandra Murray Harrison, M.D. The following piece was originally published on Alexandra Harrison’s blog entitled Supporting Child Caregivers in September 2016, which can be found here. Perry’s ideas about stress regulation are particularly important to me in my clinical work. In contrast to the negative cascade stress can cause in a sensitized child, helping a child grow his stress regulation system may initiate a healthy “cascade”...

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