Prudence Gourguechon, MD

Dr. Prudence Gourguechon, MD

Prudence Gourguechon, M.D., served as President of the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) from 2008 to 2010. As president she established a Soldiers and Veterans Initiative and a new Education Department to provide psychoanalytic content and perspective to teachers at all levels. She conceptualizes psychoanalysis as an invaluable tool in providing a deeper and more nuanced understanding of a wide range of human affairs. She previously served as Editor of The American Psychoanalyst (TAP), the Association's quarterly magazine, and has gained an international perspective from her involvement in a range of international psychoanalytic activities. She has a private practice in psychiatry and psychoanalysis in Chicago.   She also has a practice providing organizational consulting using her psychoanalytic and leadership experience--psychoanalytic organization consulting can sharpen messages, help businesses avoid costly errors, reduce conflict and promote staff growth.

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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?"