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Jonathan Foiles LCSW
Freud's Oedipus complex was foundational to his thought but sounds alien to modern ears. What might replace it in our era?
While she is known some for her relationship with Jung, a new volume of Spielrein's writings reveal a fascinating mind, whose recognition is long overdue.
The poet Heather Christle has written a marvelous book that is part memoir, part scientific examination of the phenomenon of tears.
We often think of our modern era as the best that has ever existed. But if that is true, why are so many people unhappy and unhealthy?
Anxiety and depression are on the rise among adolescents. If we listen, they will tell us some reasons why.
In the wake of Sharpiegate, pundits have differed over whether or not President Trump or his critics are "psychotic." Is that really the word we should be using?
We take the idea of the unconscious for granted, but what exactly is responsible for its formation? Jean Laplanche had a remarkable theory.
We often place great confidence in our own ability to reason but have doubts when it comes to others. What is this capacity to evaluate arguments and predict outcomes anyway?
We know how to diagnose and treat people. What do we do when the problem stretches beyond the individual?
The author of Guns, Germs, and Steel believes that short-term crisis therapy has lessons to offer countries navigating conflict. Does he succeed in his efforts?
We have tools for treating post-traumatic stress disorder in individuals, but what do we do when an entire community has been scarred?
The saying thoughts and prayers has become a commonplace refrain in the aftermath of a tragedy. Is that the best response to tragic violence?
Buddhism is a popular addition to psychological theory and practice, but David Loy suggests they be understood as different answers to the same questions.
Modern life has left us increasingly isolated from one another. What does this mean for our long-term mental health and our health as a society?
Many know of Chicago's staggering murder rate, but statistics are often hard to fully grasp. My patients remind me of the human cost of gun violence.
The award-winning journalist who has written about violence in Chicago for almost thirty years reflects upon the lingering impact of trauma in our American cities.
Yiyun Li's beautiful new novel confronts the pain of losing a child to suicide. The result is not just heartbreaking but beautiful.
A recent report gives America's most prestigious universities a failing grade when it comes to supporting students experiencing a mental illness.
This year has been exhausting for many. A recent collection of Thomas Merton's letters offers encouragement and perspective to the weary.
How much are our thoughts about schizophrenia based on stigma rather than science?
Mental health clinics and schools in Chicago have both suffered cutbacks and closures in recent years. What does this do to the mental health of the communities they serve?
Despite our best efforts, stigma against those with mental illness persists. History reveals the roots of this and what we might do to address it.
An anonymous op-ed published by the New York Times last week reignited discussions about Pres. Trump's fitness for office. Is it time for mental health professionals to intervene?
Parents have had the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) called on them for outlandish reasons. Does that mean it's time to reform how they handle hotline calls?
We live in increasingly polarized times. The writings of Wendell Berry demonstrate ways to deepen our commitment to our world and to one another.
Chicago finds itself in the news again. My work in a community mental health center on the West Side has shown me the devastating impact of gun violence.
It's one thing to read their books, another to try to understand the person who wrote them. A new memoir offers a fascinating glimpse at Jacques Lacan.
The narrator of Ottessa Moshfegh's My Year of Rest and Relaxation wants to sleep her problems away. Does it work?
I grew accustomed to referring clients in a mental health crisis to 911 until an intern forced me to reconsider.
In the wake of terror, we use frames to help us make sense of tragedy. Those same frames dictate our response, and it's worth taking a closer look at them.
Jonathan Foiles, LCSW, is a therapist who works at a community mental health clinic in Chicago.