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June 1, 2010 |
Louise Bourgeois, an internationally revered artist whose intensely personal work was inspired by psychological conflict, feminist consciousness and a fertile imagination, has died. She was 98. Bourgeois died Monday at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan after suffering a heart attack on Saturday, said Wendy Williams, managing director of the Louise Bourgeois Studio in New York. Known for sculptures of giant spiders, women with extra breasts, double-headed phalluses and rooms that resonate with loneliness and dread, Bourgeois was a fearless creative force whose work could be disturbing and perversely witty.
January 11, 2010 |
If your doctor advised a treatment that involved leeches and bloodletting, you might take a second glance at that diploma on the wall. For the same reason, you should think twice about whom you see as a therapist, says a team of psychological researchers. In a November report that's attracting controversy the way couches attract loose change, three professors charge that many mental health practitioners are using antiquated, unproved methods and that many clinical psychology training programs lack scientific rigor.
November 22, 2009 |
A Dream of Undying Fame How Freud Betrayed His Mentor and Invented Psychoanalysis Louis Breger Basic Books: 148 pp., $22.95 Psychoanalysis has always been a mixed bag, Louis Breger notes. On the one hand, it has produced valuable insights into topics that were previously obscure or even off-limits. On the other, it has generated grand theories that aim to provide universal explanations of human behavior based on little evidence. Breger thinks that psychoanalysis still has something to offer but that it is plagued by an organizational culture that often sacrifices free discussion for personal loyalty.
October 20, 2007 |
Ego problems? Check. Awful communication? You bet. Anger, envy, lack of trust, all of it mashed into a combustible mix that's about to blow? Exactly. The diagnosis is dysfunction. The recommendation is intense therapy. The Lakers need to see a shrink. Luckily, this is Los Angeles. Toss a stone, hit a shrink. I found one on the Westside, and I'm sure he can help. His name is Dr. David Levy. He is a sports-loving Pepperdine psychology professor who treats celebrities.
April 13, 2007 |
In his slyly amusing "Unconscious," writer-director Joaquin Oristrell imagines what the impact of the teachings of Sigmund Freud might be like on a young psychiatrist and his beautiful, pregnant wife in 1913 Barcelona. "Unconscious" is a ribald sex farce of considerable imagination and inspired wackiness and a meticulous period piece of the Art Nouveau era.
October 29, 2006
PSYCHOANALYSIS HAS long been a staple of popular culture. Nowhere more so than on the pages of the New Yorker magazine. In honor of Sigmund Freud's 150th birthday, the Skirball Cultural Center is presenting "On the Couch: Cartoons from the New Yorker." Covering nearly 80 years of panels poking fun at psychoanalysis, the exhibit includes about 80 drawings, most featuring couches and neurotic witticisms. The exhibition functions as a kind of cultural timeline.