Library News


New books, upcoming events and ongoing projects are described in the latest Library Newsletter Fall 2018.  Visit our beautiful library at 141 Herrick Rd in Newton, MA. Our academic year hours are 9:30am-9:30pm on Mon-Thu, 9:30am-5:00pm on Fri.


Check out the new exhibit of photographs by Jon K. Meyer, MD, entitled “In the Mind’s Eye”. The four images, recently installed behind the large table in the library, will be rotated every two weeks to show a total sequence of eight photographs representing the course of an imaginary analysis:

  1. Self-Reflection
  2. Sadness at the Core
  3. Transference-and Countertransference-Dream
  4. There Are Two of Us in This
  5. A Second Dream in Analytic Space and Time
  6. This is Infuriating
  7. There is a Devil in Me, but its Rage Not Sin
  8. It’s Me, Just Complicated Me

According to Meyer’s artist statement, these images hope to capture “part of the sweep of an analysis from self-assessment, depression, eroticized transference and countertransference, and anger to acceptance of who one is.” For more information, visit Jon Meyer’s web site or see his captivating art on your next visit to the library.


Recent Publications by Our Members

Read about new publications by BPSI members in the BPSI AuthorsRecent Work, and Film Series sections of the website.


Recent Video Interviews

The Library Committee continues interviewing noted book authors and senior analysts. Follow the links to watch recently filmed conversations with Lewis Kirshner, MDAna-Maria Rizzuto, MD, Arnold Modell, MDMalkah T. Notman, MD, Paul Ornstein, MD, Ilonka Venier Alexander, and Stephanie Brody, PhD.


Meet the Author – Lawrence J. Brown on Mon, Jan 28, 2019


About the Book: Transformational Processes in Clinical Psychoanalysis: Dreaming, Emotions and the Present Moment (Routledge, 2018) offers a contemporary perspective on how the mind transforms, and gives meaning to, emotional experience that arises unconsciously in the here-and-now of the clinical hour. Brown surveys the developments in theory and practice that follow from Freud’s original observations and traces this evolution from its conception to contemporary analytic field theory. Brown applies the theory of transformational processes to a variety of topics, including the analyst’s receptivity, countertransference as transformation, the analytic setting, the paintings of J.M.W. Turner, “autistic transformations” and other clinical situations in the analysis of children and adults.

About the Author: Lawrence J. Brown, PhD,  trained in adult and child psychoanalysis and is a faculty member and supervising child analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. He is also a supervising and personal analyst at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis. Brown has lectured internationally and published papers on a variety of topics, including the Oedipal situation, Bion, intersubjectivity, field theory and autistic phenomena.

Time: 7:30pm – reception, 8:00pm – discussion, 9:00 – book sale and signing. Register here.

Location: Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Library Room, 141 Herrick Rd, Newton Center, MA 02459.


In the Archives

We recently acquired M. Robert Gardner’s unfinished manuscript and research papers, new children’s drawings, audio recordings of Karen Horney’s lectures, and several books that used BPSI archival materials. Latest acquisitions, research and inquiries are described in the Fall 2018 Library Newsletter.

BPSI Collaboration with WGBH Archives

Grete Bibring’s video interview with Oliver Cope has been posted online! Click on the link to view: Psychoanalysis: A Personal View, WGBH, 1975. In the fall of 2013, BPSI Archives worked with the WGBH Archives, becoming curators of WGBH’s Psychology One programs from the 1957-58 and a video recording of Grete Bibring’s Interview with Oliver Cope, 1975. Our archivist, Olga Umansky, MLS, teamed up with Murray Cohen, PhD, a long time BPSI member, to create a historic commentary to the televised psychology lectures of Dr. Edwin Boring (click here to watch Psychology One episodes online). Sanford Gifford, MD, Director of BPSI Archives, shared his biographical notes about Hanns Sachs, who was Dr. Boring’s analyst and journal co-editor. BPSI Archives also contributed a transcript, metadata, and various biographical materials to contextualize Grete Bibring’s interview with Dr. Cope (DVD is available on loan from the library). WGBH’s Media Library and Archives are attempting to digitize their historic video collections with the support of the Melon Foundation and American Archive. You can read about WGBH’s digital preservation efforts in the Boston Globe article from November 15, 2013.


Please contact Olga Umansky, MLS, Librarian/Archivist, for any questions about BPSI library and archives.

(617) 266-0953 ext. 104

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