A painting of an adult black man riding the bus behind an older, "better" dressed white man, the former looking dreamingly pensive.

Reading Time: 21 minutes Excerpts from Large-Group Psychology: Racism, Societal Divisions, Narcissistic Leaders and Who We Are Now (2020), written by Vamık D. Volkan, M.D., DFLAPA, FACPsa, in response to the deadly 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Dr. Volkan is currently President Emeritus of the International Dialogue Initiative (IDI) and the Senior Erik Erikson Scholar at the […]

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A portrait of an unpleasant-looking man with green hair.

Reading Time: 2 minutes The question often asked by outsiders is, “why do you accept this type of behavior?” They assume that if it were them, they’d have left the moment it started. What they fail to realize is that narcissistic abuse is normally a gradual process. Abusers want their victims to accept the harshness as part of our […]

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An abstract drawing, black on a white background, squigles with a dark circle in the center.

Reading Time: 5 minutes I was thinking about past events recently and pondering the effect those events would have had if I was successful in my attempt to take my own life. It’s a morbid thought for sure, but it is something that has plagued me for a very long time. I started to think about how my untimely […]

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A collage of two statues, a man and woman, talking to each other.

Reading Time: 6 minutes I would like to survey some themes from Modern Psychoanalysis of the Schizophrenic Patient by Hyman Spotnitz. What is it about? Well, in the preface he explains that his intention in writing this book was to provide an educational manual to students at “modern” psychoanalytic institutes. When I was a student at the New York […]

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An abstract painting featuring yellow, purple and red blothces on a black background.

Reading Time: 18 minutes “Everyone recognizes the certainty [of his death], but lays it on one side, like other theoretical truths that are not applicable in practice, without taking it into his vivid consciousness.” (Schopenhauer) When Sigmund Freud arrived at the possibility of a “death instinct” in Beyond the Pleasure Principle he acknowledged that he had “unwillingly steered our […]

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