Charlie Hebdo and Group Regression

Some culturally-determined psychological elements contributing to the Charlie Hebdo attack.

Meet the Enemy: It Is Us

By owning your aggression you can turn it to good use.

Notes on Biographical Writing

To write biography is to become another person's habitat and part of the history of storytelling.

Playing in Sculptural Space

When the spectator's body completes an artwork

What Do You Search for in a Work of Art?

Two visual artists tap into spiritual states of being.

When a Painting Opens a Spiritual Path

When art functions as a holding environment like maternal care holds the infant, it encourages integration, one's claim to their own perception and creation of meaning.

The Curious Journey of a Psychology Intern

When clinical training doesn't prepare someone for the symptomatology of their mental health institution.

A Memoir of Childhood Trauma and Survival

What Aharon Appelfeldand's "The Story of a Life" says about childhood memory and creativity.

Israel, Through A Tale Darkly

Reviewing Amos Oz's memoir "A Tale of Love and Darkness" in light of current events in the Middle East.

Freud Meets C.S. Lewis

What happens when a time machine transports us to an imaginary meeting between Sigmund Freud and Oxford professor C.S. Lewis?

Pink Freud

What does psychoanalysis have to say to someone trans or queer?

Resilience and Other Miracles

Resilience is adapting well to change or traumatic experience

Generosity and Its Pathological Variants

When giving disguises other motives.

War Fatigues as Art

Veterans transform fatigues into art and communicate military wounds.

Violence and Social Action

Exploring "American" character and social trauma.

How Holding a Gun Inhibits Mentalization

Give a man a gun and his testosterone goes up.

Defeat Without Dishonor

As a child among boyhood friends, Mandela was once thrown from a donkey into a thorn bush. This taught him a lifelong lesson: “to humiliate another person is to make him suffer an unnecessarily cruel fate. Even as a boy, I defeated my opponents without dishonoring them.”

5 Styles of Family Relating

How do you measure a family's emotional health? One way is the Beavers Scale of Family Functioning.

Women are Key to Modernity

Our species has a moral story to tell.

On the Origins of Morality

Morality and identification with the nurturer.

Peacemaking in the 21st century

The psychology of international relations.

Will Psychoanalysis Survive?

Why the future of psychoanalysis leans toward the arts.

The Importance of Nurturing Fathers

Does asymmetrical parenting lead to inequalities of power beyond the home?

We Are Only as Mad as the Other Is Deaf

How to empathize and listen well.

Art and the Clinical Encounter

Psychoanalysis or art?

Life After Capitalism

A how-to for middle class revolution.

Minding Black America

King's first speech in Montgomery “marked the birth of the African American community,” writes Dr. Eddie Taylor in "Restoring the Mind of Black America."

Healing Objects

People come to leave candles and flowers at "The Breezy Point Madonna" in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. What does this figure mean?

Big Money in Politics

Americans resist thinking about the psychology of money. What about our denial of campaign finance?

Parenthood as a Developmental Phase

With childbirth a parent confronts old challenges in a new relationship and has a second shot at mastering them. Emotional growth as a parent is, in fact, key to a child’s development.