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.
March 18, 2012 |
Few working filmmakers invite the application of the auteur theory — the notion that some films bear a directorial signature — as frequently as David Cronenberg. The coherence of his body of work is hard to miss. In movies as varied as "Videodrome," "Dead Ringers" and "Crash," he has found myriad ways to explore a recurring set of themes: the thrill and danger of transfiguration, the interrelation of the mind and the body. With these obsessions so firmly established, it is no wonder that many critics and fans watch a new Cronenberg film looking for signs of the old ones, sometimes detecting their encoded presence, sometimes bemoaning their absence.
May 15, 2000 |
No scientific figure has permeated the American consciousness--and perhaps its unconscious--more than Sigmund Freud. From Freudian slips to defense mechanisms to the cigars he made more notorious than Monica Lewinsky ever could, Freud's ideas are everywhere. They've shaped the way we see the mind, altered the way we interpret literature and brought talk therapy to the world at large.
February 20, 2004
Re "Psychoanalysis Is Dead ... So How Does That Make You Feel?" Commentary, Feb. 18: Todd Dufresne seems to be reveling in the death of psychoanalysis and in the falsity of virtually everything Sigmund Freud had to say. He implies that the 20th century belonged to psychoanalysis. Behaviorists and neuroscientists, who have their own true believers, would grant it the first half. But in the last few decades, unprovable and useless ideas from anywhere have been dropping by the wayside slowly but surely.
March 28, 1994
Dr. Herbert I. Kupper, 79, a co-founder and dean of admissions of the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Institute. Born in Passaic, N.J., Kupper was educated at the University of Louisville, Johns Hopkins University Medical Center and Cornell Medical Center. He treated returning soldiers as a Navy captain during World War II, and pioneered in work on post-traumatic stress disorder. Kupper wrote a book, "Back to Life," about that work in 1945.
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May 20, 2000
As a practicing psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, I was saddened to read "Freud Slips as an Icon of Science" (May 15). Psychoanalysis is very much alive. How else can we explain that the number of psychoanalytic training institutes in Los Angeles that meet national and/or international standards has doubled in the past 10 years? How else can we explain a 1999 article by world-renowned neuroscientist Eric Kandel, in which he claims that neurobiology requires psychoanalysis in order to understand the complexities of human interaction that can account for mental disorder and successful treatment?