A loving relationship can be an oasis in uncertain times, but nurturing it requires attention, honesty, openness, vulnerability, and gratitude.
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Lawrence D. Blum M.D., Leon Hoffman M.D.
Popular movies like "Black Panther" illuminate a key determinant of growth and development.
College students do what college students do.
What do postpartum depression, the opiate crisis, and the gaps in our social safety net have in common? Counterdependency.
People need to take care of their bodies (how they look, how they think they look, and how they feel): beauty salons, barbers, hair salons, and gymnasiums are very important.
First and foremost, listen. When someone is anxious and wants to share, they are looking for a listening ear.
A mother's inner conflict over her own personal wishes as well as her feelings toward her children can cause guilt and anxiety. Understanding this is the key to balance.
In the era of covid-19, how we mourn matters.
Classic children's literature and child psychoanalytic case studies provide the most direct way to learn about child development and basic psychoanalytic principles.
How can parents develop greater resilience in themselves and promote greater resilience in their children?
It would be more valuable to engage the adolescent or young adult in an intellectual discussion about the problem. Questions should be addressed to promote youngsters' autonomy.
The importance of parents as role models.
“Oh, I see. When daddy was holding the baby you felt left out. Maybe next time daddy or mommy does something that makes you feel bad you can tell us in words and not by hitting.”
Mass murders with guns continue to occur with great frequency. This article examines a seldom-discussed obstacle to gun control.
Struggles with guilt can prompt a career in medicine and other helping professions, but he guilt is a risk factor for later burnout and depression.
Fathers can encourage the development of autonomy and assertion rather than destructive aggression in both boys and girls.
Defense mechanisms, a psychoanalytic construct that has been empirically studied and validated, is likely one of Freud’s most original contributions.
What happens during holidays and family festivities? Our routines change, our moods change, and there is a mixture of feelings.
Psychoanalysts study how people, including themselves, unconsciously deceive themselves. Three Identical Strangers forecloses that discussion.
We all are vulnerable to the entreaties of hucksters and tricksters.
By recognizing the complex interplay between patient and analyst in the sessions, the analyst helps the patient understand the nature and origin of his/her maladaptive interactions
A major tool utilized in a psychodynamic therapy is what is labeled as addressing or analyzing the transference.
Why do people seek a talking treatment?
It is unusual, at age 75, to suddenly view more than 50 years of struggles in an entirely new light.
How can we promote the value of a pluralistic system with checks and balances? Economic revitalization is not enough.
Some people need medication to live. Are others put on unneeded medication for life?
Voters are influenced by powerful fantasies that pundits don't talk about.
The ability to control anger, and to distinguish fantasy from reality, are difficult tasks to master. What does this mean for access to weapons?
A great deal has been written about the dangers of ultra-nationalistic leaders in today's world. But only recently, have we begun to talk about the potential dangers of groups.
The use of euphemistic language in psychotherapy, by either the patient or the therapist, can be a therapeutic obstacle, but understanding this usage provides opportunity.
Throughout development, maturity lessons need to be learned and re-learned in order to best master the inevitable disappointments of life.
Lawrence Blum, M.D., is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in Philadelphia, PA. He is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Leon Hoffman, M.D., is the Co-Director of the Pacella Research Center, New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and Chief Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst at the West End Day School, NYC. He is a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association.