Dagmar Herzog to present “On Aggression: Psychoanalysis as Moral Politics in Post-Nazi Germany” at UC on Feb. 22, 2018

Dagmar Herzog, eminent historian and author of Cold War Freud: Psychoanalysis in an Age of Catastrophes, will be speaking at the University of Cincinnati for three separate events later this month. She will be leading seminars on that book and her latest project, Unlearning Eugenics: Sexuality, Reproduction, and Disability in Post-Nazi Europe, on Friday, February 23 for members of the UC community.

Her third speaking engagement is a public lecture: “On Aggression: Psychoanalysis as Moral Politics in Post-Nazi Germany,” in Room 350, Dyer Hall, on Thursday, February 22, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. This lecture is drawn from a chapter of Cold War Freud.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Dr. Ethan Katz, Assistant Professor of History, via email at katzen@ucmail.uc.edu.

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Dagmar Herzog is Distinguished Professor of History and Daniel Rose Faculty Scholar at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She conducts transnational and comparative research on how religion and secularization have affected social and political developments in modern Europe. An expert on the histories of Nazism and the Holocaust and their aftermath, she gives particular attention in her research to methodological innovations in critical source analysis and in gender and sexuality studies.

Herzog is one of the leading scholars today of European History, Cultural History, History of Religion, History of Post-Holocaust memory, and History of Gender and Sexuality.  She was awarded a 2012 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for her trans-Atlantic research project on the European and American histories of psychoanalysis, trauma, and desire. Her just-published Cold War Freud: Psychoanalysis in an Age of Catastrophes (2017) grows from that research.

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Exploring Groundhog Day: Screening and Discussion

The Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute will hold its annual discussion and screening of the film, Groundhog Day (dir. Harold Ramis, 1993), on Groundhog Day, Friday, February 2, 2008 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the release of the film.

Discussion of the film from a psychoanalytic perspective will be facilitated by Peter Kotcher, M.D. and James Thomas, M.D. The screening will take place in the Frederic Kapp Memorial Library at CPI, 3001 Highland Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45219. The cost is $12.

Click here to register for this event.

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Psychoanalysts as Novelists

The Association for Psychoanalytic Thought is pleased to present “Psychoanalysts as Novelists” on Friday, January 19th, 2018 at the Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute, 3001 Highland Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45219.

possessionsBeth Ash, Professor of English at the University of Cincinnati, will discuss Julia Kristeva’s novel, Possessions. 

“All similarities between Possessions and your average hard-boiled detective novel end with the headless corpse that shows up at the beginning of Julia Kristeva’s novel. Kristeva, you see, is not your average writer of detective fiction. She is a psychoanalyst and linguistic theorist, the author of books on both language and depression–two themes she weaves through this intellectual mystery. The tale begins with Gloria Harrison, a translator who is murdered and decapitated after a dinner party. Enter Stephanie Delacour, an old friend of the victim and a journalist with a nose for murder. Though Kristeva has provided all the necessary components for a standard mystery–a victim, several suspects, and a detective–she seems far more interested in exploring the psychological issues surrounding her characters than the crime itself. The pages of Possessions are filled with reflections on motherhood, depression, semiotics, and more. So if you’re looking for a mystery novel that will stimulate your brain rather than your adrenaline production, Possessions is a good place to start.” –Amazon.com review

partsNorman Hirsch, psychiatrist in private practice, and Rachel Zlatkin, Professor of English at Northern Kentucky University, will discuss Thomas Ogden’s novel, The Parts Left Out.

“Not only is [Thomas Ogden] the most creative psychoanalytic author writing today, but in this novel he shows himself to be a wonderful teller of tales. The Parts Left Out is an auspicious achievement. As a work of fiction it succeeds in accomplishing the most difficult of feats: to be both a spellbinder and an in-depth exploration of human traits that bring on unspeakable tragedy. Tom Ogden knows the human mind as few do. In The Parts Left Out he demonstrates his remarkable understanding not only of the mind, but of the human heart as well.” –Theodore Jacobs, Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association

The evening begins with wine and cheese at 6:30 PM followed by the program at 7 PM.  The presentation will be followed by audience discussion. Admission is $5.00.

Please RSVP to Norman Hirsch at hirschnorman@gmail.com or 513-515-6836.

Freudian psychoanalysis is so popular in Argentina, even prisoners go once a week

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Freudian psychoanalysis is all the rage in Argentina. This is the country with the highest number of psychologists per capita and where psychoanalysis is a standard treatment option for kids. So it makes sense that in prisons, too, the inmates get Freudian psychoanalysis once a week.

At least that’s the case in one Buenos Aires prison, where psychologist and researcher Alicia Iacuzzi has headed the program for 30 years. Other mental health services for prisoners have a more Lacanian approach, based on the work of French psychoanalyst and psychiatrist Jacques Lacan, but Iacuzzi believes that Freud provides the best guidelines for prison therapy.

Read more: http://qz.com/762734/freudian-psychoanalysis-is-so-popular-in-argentina-even-prisoners-go-once-a-week/

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Where the Wild Things Are

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This Friday, June 24, the Association for Psychoanalytic Thought presents Where the Wild Things Are, directed by Spike Jonze based on Maurice Sendak’s book. The screening will be followed by discussion about grief in a dramatic dreamscape by Rachel Zlatkin, Professor of English at NKU, and Alla Baskakova, psychiatrist at VA Medical Center.

Wine and cheese at 6:30. Program starts at 7pm.

Location: Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute, 3001 Highland Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45219

Please RSVP: Norman Hirsch, hirschnorman@gmail.com or 513-515-6836.

New publication in PsyArt Journal

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Sookie and Symptom, Vampire and Void: Irruption of the Real in True Blood

February 18, 2016 ·

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Sookie Stackhouse, the protagonist of HBO’s True Blood, is a telepath who has grown up knowing what people “really” think. From the first episode, however, moments suggest we view her character symptomatically—after all, she hears voices in her head. The series then becomes an illustration of Lacanian concepts of subjectivity and the Real. Sookie is a sexually-repressed 24-year-old virgin, molested by her great uncle and left in the care of her grandmother, with whom she still lives after losing both parents. The extimate sexualized voices in her head can be read as a mechanism constructed to cope with traumatic loss and abuse, and to justify her repression. The introduction of vampire Bill Compton signals the irruption of the Real in the Symbolic order. His unreadable mind presents a void upon which to project her fantasies, but their relationship, mirroring that of analyst and analysand, provides a way for Sookie to work through her symptoms.

View the full article here:

http://journal.psyart.org/article/sookie-and-symptom-vampire-and-void-irruption-of-the-real-in-true-blood/

Psychoanalysis as Core Training

active-18975_640Core training has become the gold standard for physical fitness. A strong core has many benefits, from improving balance, stabilizing the back, preventing injury, and even helping us breathe. Core training goes hand in hand with functional training. With a strong core, we can move more easily and capably in life.

Now, knowing that I am a psychoanalyst, maybe you can see where this is going! People often wonder about the aim of psychoanalysis. What is its purpose, what does it do for you, how does it help you in life? I think that psychoanalysis is akin to core training. The help offered is aimed at strengthening us at the core of our psyches. Once strengthened at the core, we become more capable in our psychological, emotional, and relational lives…

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/headshrinkers-guide-the-galaxy/201603/psychoanalysis-core-training

Jennifer Kunst – Psychology Today

Psi episode 4, “Believing in the Afterlife”

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On Friday, January 22nd, the Association for Psychoanalytic Thought screened an episode of the Brazilian television series, Psi, about a psychoanalyst, Carlo Antonini, his family, and his practice in São Paulo. The series is co-written by Contardo Calligaris, a well-known Italian psychoanalyst, novelist, and playwright who lives and works in Brazil. The episode screened involved a patient, Milton, who believes his dead wife is communicating with him from beyond the grave. Leading discussion of the episode were Dr. Natalia Jacovkis, Associate Professor of Spanish at Xavier University and specialist in film and media studies, and Dr. Karl Stuckenberg, Chair of Xavier’s School of Psychology.

Dr. Jacovkis introduced the screening by explaining the production environment for television in Brazil, where big-budgets and leading actors contribute to quality television programming, outshining even film production. This was well-evidenced with Psi, which is a finely-crafted, thought-provoking, and superbly-written piece of entertainment. Much of the narrative impact of the episode is created by several subplots that are tightly-integrated with the main storyline, one following Antonini’s sessions with another patient whose brother and nephew died in a car crash and a second focused on the death of his daughter’s dog. The multiple storylines involving death and mourning work together to create a thematic unity missing in much mainstream American television.

The loneliness and isolation characters experience in the metropolis of São Paulo is another striking aspect of the series, pointed out by Dr. Jacovkis. The severe, austerely-depicted city provides Dr. Antonini with a steady clientele of troubled psychoanalytic patients, but he, too, is troubled. He maintains a predominantly sterile and clinical demeanor in his interpersonal relationships, not only with clients, but also with his ex-wife and children. However, he is warm and genial with his colleagues, showing a likable side to the good doctor. In general, all the characters are complex and multidimensional, important to a series concerned with the human psyche.

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It is toward that human psyche that Dr. Stuckenberg steered the discussion after the screening, when he invoked Freud’s essay on “Mourning and Melancholia” as a lens through which to understand Milton’s delusions. Overwhelming guilt and anger are attendant with his grief, but when Milton confesses to having killed his wife’s dogs, Dr. Antonini identifies his confession as too detailed, too rehearsed. This causes Milton to erupt in an uncalculated tirade involving everything that he hated about his wife, from her telling pointless stories to smelling bad “down there.” By the end of the episode, the purgation of Milton’s feelings of anger and hatred toward his dead wife provides him with some relief, but there is still much work to be done. Ultimately, as noted by Dr. Stuckenberg in closing the discussion, it matters not whether the ghosts of our loved ones are real or imagined; we must still process our own conscious and repressed feelings toward those loved ones in order to exorcise their spirits.

The Psychoanalysis of Politicians Like Donald Trump

Could the success of politicians like Donald Trump be the result of psychology?

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Donald Trump’s extraordinary success represents a political paradox to many opponents who reject what they perceive as his extremist xenophobic, simplistic politics. Critics continue to be perplexed as to why the richest man to run for President, attracts such passionate support from the poorest white constituency.

Or are politicians like Donald Trump simply more astute psychologists than their rivals?

Jay Frankel, from the Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, at New York University, and the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, has recently published a paper entitled ‘The traumatic basis for the resurgence of right-wing politics among working Americans’….

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/slightly-blighty/201601/the-psychoanalysis-politicians-donald-trump

Raj Persaud, M.D. and Peter Bruggen, M.D. – Psychology Today

When Freud Meets fMRI

The emerging field of “neuropsychoanalysis” aims to combine two fundamentally different areas of study—psychoanalysis and neuroscience—for a whole new way of understanding how the mind works.

I am in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, surrounded by psychoanalysts. At moments, if I half close my eyes, I can imagine I’m in some European city, circa 1930: “The Kleinians have this very disturbing, I think, notion of countertransference as being something the patient does to you. They’re moving too far away from Freud’s understanding…” But in fact it’s 2010, and the conversation is new…

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/08/neuroscience-psychoanalysis-casey-schwartz-mind-fields/401999/

Casey Schwartz – The Atlantic