We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Spent all day at the American Psychoanalytic Meetings today. Very pleased to see all of the PC stuff gone. No pro-Palestinian psychology, no terror apologetics, no sessions on transgenderphobia. Of course, they had to generate a press release condemning torture, but that is just window-dressing. These folks mostly aren't Jack Bauer fans, or shooters, except me and maybe a few others. (I am opposed to gratuitous or vengeful torture, but entirely in favor of torture to extract life-saving information.) Happily, though, it's pretty much back to basics.
Had a hilarious lunch with our recently-truant Aliyah Diary author, N. Szajnberg, MD, author of two new books of psychoanalytic research, including one on Israeli soldiers, who spoke wonderfully at a morning meeting on the role of theory-generation in the history of science. Will post his books later.
1. Does anyone really believe our metapsychological theories? (I think not) 2. Do psychoanalysts overvalue the "inner life"? (I think yes, but they undervalue the spiritual life)
This is getting a tad technical, but this was Anna Ornstein's reply to my question about an apparently narcissistic patient in analysis whose narcissism turned out to be a transference resistance against an oedipal transference: "It must have been pseudo-narcissism." Hmmm.
The session I most wanted to attend was Dr. Bob Michels moderating about a case of organizational pathology presented by Dr. Dick Munich. Sold out, with barely standing room in a 100 degree room. Even Dr. Kernberg, my supervisor and boss many years ago, had to stand squeezed, leaning on a table and unable to see the discussion panel. Somebody could have had the grace to give Otto their seat at the table. Very disappointed, but by that point, I would have keeled over had I stuck around.
Overall, a good day to re-center on the basics: process, transference, resistance, defence, assessment, etc. And, for fun, the role of theory in practice. And, again overall - what a bunch of scary smart, literate, thoughtful, kind folks.
There is a "not quite secret" group of metphysicalpsycologist s her ein Seattle. Because, many of them are from the small community of wealthy families that inherited this area, it is not so hard to find them, and to see their impact.
Howver, I have been trying to make you aware of the extreme positions that wealthy liberals take with regard to ethics. This most recent piece includes many of those thoughtful "agents of change" tha t I know personally in Seattle.
Click here to understand their most recent commandment:
You can go here to read the family's justificaiton. Please note that both parents are "professional" . That is a VERY BIG ITEM in SEATTLE GIven that one of the parents is female. Let us do everything we can to prevent her from carrying an extra burden on her way to a higher level of professional accomplishment. you can copy/paste here and read about their daughter.
You can see from this story the same small "intellecutal" community of "wealthy inheritors", who have delivered unto us the new Bishop of the Episcopal Church. THey are the very same community, who drinks together at fundraisers, and eats together at meetings to create "paradigm" change.
Good work Dr.
Conventions, even those of great interest to us, in fact probably those most of all, rejuvenate but only after the toil of being pushed to "think" anew. Thinking new thoughts and fitting them into a mature adults world orbit of thought has produced many a headache. Once the proper medication ( sour mash ,neat, for me) is applied and the new information digested one reaches the euphoria of newly discovered knowledge. Kinda makes you new all over again..