Apology to the LGBTQ+ Community

Posted in History, Social Awareness

At the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) meetings in June, responding to the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots which marked the beginning of the modern era of LGBTQ+ rights, APsaA President Lee Jaffe apologized for our national organization’s historic role in abetting discrimination towards the LGBTQ+ community. He said: “Regrettably, much of our past understanding of homosexuality as an illness can be...

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Are you listening?

Posted in History, Social Awareness

Stephanie Brody, PsyD, is the editor of the BPSI Bulletin. Her below remarks originally appeared as the introduction to the Spring-Summer 2019 issue of the BPSI Bulletin, which can be read here. In these times of conflict and fear, The Lord of the Rings has become a strangely comforting obsession: The forces of dark evil, the stunning moments that turn the tide, the women who prove their authority, the innocent folk who discover personal power....

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Family Separation at the Border: August 2018

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“If you are smuggling a child then we will prosecute you, and the child will be separated from you as required by law. If you don’t like that, then don’t smuggle children over our border.” Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, U.S. Attorney General, May 7, 2018 Below are the remarks from the Fall 2018 BPSI Bulletin with Frances Lang, LICSW, Member of BPSI and Karen Melikian, PhD, Member of BPSI, of their experience interviewing fear-stricken mothers...

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Judy Yanof – The Kravitz Award Series VIDEO

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The Arthur R. Kravitz Award Recipient of 2012, Judy Yanof, MD, is interviewed by Dan Jacobs, MD about her efforts to provide programs for early childhood education workers and her consultative work for disadvantaged children and families. The conversation was recorded in the Boston Psychoanalytic Society Library on March 22, 2019. Judith A. Yanof, MD, is a Training and Supervising Analyst and a Child Supervisor at the Boston Psychoanalytic...

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

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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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