One of the underlying theses in Twenty-First Century Psychoanalysis is that psychoanalysis, in particular Lacanian psychoanalysis, provides an especially powerful vantage point on the question of psychic structure, or what psychiatrists today call diagnosis or psychopathology. My thesis is that the very forms in which subjects experience life itself—existence, self, suffering, others, the outside world—is not a stable phenomenon, but is itself formed, or informed, by historical and social reality, both at the individual or subjective level and at the grander level of history or society.
Posted on Apr 27, 2017
Posted on Apr 06, 2017
During the 1980s, three critically ill patients from my private practice forced me to acknowledge, to my dismay, that traditional psychoanalytic theory did not provide sufficient support for their cases. They were an anorexic girl whose lack of hope prevented anything from flourishing in her life; a professionally successful woman, who nevertheless saw no meaning in life and whose brilliant mental performance, I later realized, was split off from psycho-somatic living; and a 23-year-old man, who presented the greatest psychic devastation I had ever witnessed, a mixture of dread, despair, and violence.
The analysis of diseased dreams: The application of psychoanalytical theory to delirium, by James FitzGerald
Posted on Apr 05, 2017
The population of people over 65 is estimated to double every twenty years and with it the prevalence of dementia, and hence risk of delirium, will continue to escalate (Prince et al.). In light of this burgeoning health care crisis, former President Obama announced in 2013 the BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) initiative to support the development of new research to revolutionise the management of brain disorders that have a major epidemiological impact.
Posted on Apr 04, 2017
Contemporary societies are dealing with enormous challenges related to the increasing presence of new family configurations, sexual and gender migrations, as well as questioning of the classical categories on women and the feminine. These challenges become visible in a context of significant advances concerning biotechnology and informatics, within a world that oscillates between globalization and multiculturalism, between discrimination and inclusion.
The Fat Lady Sings: A Psychological Exploration of the Cultural Fat Complex and its Effects, by Cheryl L. Fuller
Posted on Apr 01, 2017
Though I have written a book explorating fat and our culture, the fat complex that grips us, how the war on obesity is fought in the clinical setting, and how being fat is an ongoing traumatic experience, it is not the end of the story. Nearly every turn in the road turns up a new wrinkle in fat acceptance and dealing with weight bias for me. While I have been able to come to terms with my body, still I wished for my daughter that she not have to contend with being fat, not because I feel fat is bad but because I know how hard it is to be out of step with the culture.