A painting of an array of colors, from beige, periwinkle, blue, red, light green. There is also a pair of drawn out hands that is the outline of two hands meeting one another on top and in all of the colors.

Reading Time: 6 minutes When I was in hospital during my first psychotic episode in 1996, aged 27, I didn’t realize that I was experiencing psychosis. To me it felt like a spiritual awakening. I couldn’t understand why the doctors thought differently. They weren’t the ones on the inside of it and didn’t even ask me what I was […]

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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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Reading Time: 5 minutes The ability to use and interpret language is, as far as we are aware, a characteristic unique to the human species. It is an ability to express thoughts and feelings with spoken sounds, or written symbols, and for others to recognize and understand the meanings of these sounds and symbols. The term “language” may also […]

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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 abstact painitng with many earth tones.

Reading Time: 3 minutes Ever since I can remember I wasn’t like everyone else. I had struggles the other kids couldn’t quite understand. I would get in fights at school after being sleep deprived for days for instance and that was at age seven. On the frequent nights that I couldn’t sleep I’d get into my mothers pills taking […]

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Reading Time: 5 minutes Natalia Maximets is a psych blogger. Her piece describes the dark side of psychiatry or rather the pharmaceutical companies that fuel it. She argues that such businesses put profits before people and that consuming their products is often dangerous. She also notes that psychiatrists don’t cure mental disorders.

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