Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Action (CPIA) is a blog—by Executive Editor David Braucher, Ph.D., with Associate Editors Sue Kolod, Ph.D. and Melissa Ritter, Ph.D.—under the auspices of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, the official journal of the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis & Psychology (WAWI) in New York City, and published in partnership with The William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Society. WAWI was founded in 1943 as a revolutionary alternative to mainstream, orthodox Freudian psychoanalysis in the United States. Its founders included Harry Stack Sullivan, M.D., Erich Fromm, Ph.D., Frieda Fromm-Reichmann, M.D. and Clara Thompson, M.D.
WAWI is best known for the “interpersonal” perspective, a view of psychoanalysis that focuses on the interactions between people, that is, how people influence and react to one another. This approach also considers the impact of the larger world—social, cultural, political, economic—on the individual, and whatever difficulties in living he or she may encounter.
CPIA is an opportunity for WAWI psychoanalysts and psychoanalysts-in-training, as well as professionals from the larger psychoanalytic community, to share their thoughts about contemporary life. Our beat is broad: the latest in scholarly research, social issues, political controversies, pop culture and current events. With their unique psychoanalytic mindset, our writers keep their eyes out for topics to explore, topics that inform readers with a fresh, accessible, and thoughtfully psychoanalytic angle.
Our name—Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Action—underscores our belief that psychoanalysis is very much alive, well, and relevant. In the 21st century, the application of psychoanalytic thought enhances our understanding of the world around us and of ourselves. And as we move, often at breakneck speed, through our hectic lives, taking a moment to reflect - a hallmark of psychoanalytic process - enlightens, relieves and, most importantly, provides immense pleasure.
We would like to recognize Todd Essig, Ph.D., Supervising and Training Analyst, Faculty, William Alanson White Institute for blazing the way. As the founder of Psychoanalysis 3.0, a Psychology Today blog, he introduced our Institute to the world of blogging, trained us to write and edit, and supported us every step of the way. Without Dr. Essig, CPIA would never have been conceived, and we thank him.
David Braucher, Ph.D., is a Supervisor of Psychotherapy and Faculty of the William Alanson White Institute and Past-President of the White Society. He is on the Editorial Board of the journal, Contemporary Psychoanalysis, and Editor of this blog, Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Action. He is a supervisor and member of the faculty of White’s Intensive Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program. He has lectured at the NYU School of Social Work. He writes on relationships and is in private practice in The West Village/Chelsea in Manhattan.
Sue Kolod, Ph.D., Training and Supervising Analyst, Faculty, William Alanson White Institute; Associate Editor, Contemporary Psychoanalysis
Melissa Ritter, Ph.D., Supervisor of Psychotherapy, Faculty, William Alanson White Institute; Associate Editor, Contemporary Psychoanalysis,