Psychoanalytic Excavation

A Look at What Lies beneath the Surface of Human Behavior and Motivation

Prudence Gourguechon, M.D., served as President of the American Psychoanalytic Association from 2008-2010. She has a clinical and consulting practice in Chicago.


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About Psychoanalytic Excavation

The blog is my attempt to take the psychoanalytic couch out of the office and "on the road".  I use the psychoanalytic concepts of the unconscious mind, transference, affect regulation, defense and development to understand a wide range of human affairs—in the news, politics, the media, etc.  My intent is always to reach a better answer to the question that has always inspired and dogged me, "why do people do what they do?"

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Let It Go!

It can take a radical reboot to get past old hurts and injustices.