Culture – Surprise and the Psychoanalyst
by Alexandra M. Harrison, MD
The author describes how an immersion experience in another culture can benefit the psychoanalyst—and the individual who is a psychoanalyst—by confronting trusted theories and challenging the analyst to create new methods for understanding basic aspects of human experience, such as the meaning of the “self.”
Psychodynamic Psychiatry, 49(4), 487-489, December 2021.
About the Author
Alexandra Murray Harrison, MD is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute in Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis, an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School at the Cambridge Health Alliance, and on the Faculty of the Infant-Parent Mental Health Post Graduate Certificate Program at University of Massachusetts Boston. Dr. Harrison has a private practice in both adult and child psychoanalysis and psychiatry. In the context of visits to orphanages in Central America and India, Dr. Harrison has developed a model for mental health professionals in developed countries to volunteer their consultation services to caregivers of children in care in developing countries in the context of a long term relationship with episodic visits and regular Skype and video contact. Her blog Supporting Child Caregivers gathers important information on parenting and education of children during the pandemic. Listen to Dr. Harrison’s other helpful tips about child development and parenting issues in her new podcast The SCC Pod.
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