Give me a life wherever there is an opportunity to live, and better life than was my father's.― Sophocles, Oedipus Rex "Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate and hate leads to suffering". A quote from Yoda as he teaches the young Luke Skywalker the ways of the Jedi. The entire Star Wars franchise … Continue reading Psychoanalysis and the Jedi: The Oedipal Menace
The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to the knowledge of the unconscious in mental life. – Sigmund Freud Accepting that we have an unconscious life is one thing, but gaining access to it is something entirely different. Just like in the Star Wars movies, where characters have to accept the concept of the … Continue reading Psychoanalysis and the Jedi: The Unconscious Awakens
Ever since the first episode of Star Wars came out in 1977 I've been fascinated by the struggle between the dark side of the force and the "good" side. As a psychiatrist with an interest in psychoanalytic theory, I find myself thinking about this struggle in terms of our individual struggles with our own conscious … Continue reading Psychoanalysis and the Jedi: A New ID
O this learning, what a thing it is!—Shakespeare In medical school we learn this saying "see one, do one, teach one". This is a mantra about learning and mastery in learning procedures in medical school that really doesn't make any sense in the world of psychiatry and psychotherapy. I suppose the idea plays off our … Continue reading How did you learn that?
For the last 19 years I have been part of an annual summer ritual with my wife and her friend from Boston in which we travel for a week vacation in Maine. Over the years we have had people come and go from our lives, but the one thing that has remained is the bond … Continue reading Time