Have you been called a narcissist? Do you think that someone in your life may be a narcissist? What if someone told you that narcissism plays a valuable role in your feeling lovable, confident, and whole, and in your overall functioning in life? Jessica Ngiam explores the thoughts of Heinz Kohut, the founder of self psychology, on the importance of narcissism in the development of the self, and what could happen when the caregiving experience during childhood isn’t good enough.
Flora Lazar, PhD LCSW
In their eagerness to return to a semblance of normality after COVID, many psychoanalytic clinicians have treated teletherapy as a crisis improvisation not unlike factory women did in World War II. Flora Lazar offers a candid assessment of the benefits of teletherapy and argues that the benefits of these adaptations may have long-term benefits to psychoanalysis—benefits that may result in some of the most serious challenges to date about the use of the iconic psychoanalytic couch.
Flora Lazar, PhD LCSW
Dr. Lazar reflects on the slow pace of change in psychoanalytic thinking and teaching about race and gender. She asks what it will take for psychoanalysis to become more inclusive of people whom it has historically dismissed and pathologized. One possibility, she suggests, lies in the integration of institute training with a university culture of research, critical inquiry and interdisciplinary dialogue.
During the unprecedented times we are experiencing due to COVID-19, most of us are adjusting to changes in our lives that we hadn’t anticipated even a month ago. We are all dealing with loss. Danielle Trudeau, MA discusses Freud’s ideas of mourning and melancholia in the context of the losses we are all experiencing during the pandemic.
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The ability to think about what might be in other people’s minds (the skill of putting ourselves in another person’s experience) is something the Hungarian-born psychoanalyst Peter Fonagy calls ‘mentalization.’ Simply put, Fonagy describes mentalization as “having one’s mind in mind.”
Dr. Maria Mastronardi, PhD LPC, is a licensed therapist and a professor of communication studies. Her research and teaching focus on social media use, relationship issues, trauma, and gender. Dr. Mastronardi offered some of her insights about how social media can both contribute to and alleviate mental distress for those who may be interested in seeking help.
Dr. Jessica Benjamin, who currently works as a psychoanalyst and is considered one of the most important contemporary contributors to the field of psychology, describes her idea of ‘Thirdness’ as a kind of co-creation in regular relationships.
Edie Hitchcock, MA MFA LCPC is a licensed therapist specializing in issues related to identity, gender, and sexuality. Edie offered some of her insights about how sex and gender come into play in psychotherapy for those who may be interested in seeking help.