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.
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?"