Blog: We Must Not Tolerate Fat Shaming

We Must Not Tolerate Fat Shaming
In honor of National Bullying-prevention month (October)
By Nina Savelle-Rocklin, Psy.D.
You are likely familiar with the saying, “Sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me.”

News: Understanding War Trauma: A Six Part Webinar Series

Understanding War Trauma:
A Six-Part Webinar Series from the American Psychoanalytic Association

Blog: Bullying Is Not The Same As Teasing


Bullying Is Not The Same As Teasing

Teasing does not create trauma, or unmanageable helplessness.  Bullying does.

Blog: Terrorists or Copycats? What's The Difference?

Yasser Arafat, the former Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization, famously stated in his 1974 speech before the United Nations that, "One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter."

But there is reason to suspect that the killers in the recent Orlando, Nice and Munich attacks were neither freedom fighters nor terrorists at all, but individuals with personal grievances struggling somewhere between rage, suicide and homicide.

Blog: Parents as role models: Talking with Kids about Frightening Events

It is impossible to completely shield children from learning about horrific events which occur: terrorist attacks, police shootings, and police being killed. The pervasive and repetitive news coverage of these frightening events, particularly on cable news programs, news flashes on our iPads and cell phones, and on social media makes them impossible to completely avoid. In general, children, especially young children, should be shielded by insuring as much as possible that they avoid watching these events on TV and mobile screens.

Blog: Does My Child Have a Disorder?

Our current health care and education systems put diagnosis front and center. The focus, both for parent and clinician, is on the “what” rather than the “why”. This drive to name the problem leaves us with an inaccurate and potentially harmful choice between “normal” and “disorder.” In contrast, when we protect time for listening with curiosity, we can learn how a child’s behavior, from his perspective, might make sense.

Blog: Gay Pride, Religious Condemnation and Terrorism

Gay Pride, Religious Condemnation and Terrorism
Religious texts can be used to justify violence against gay people
By Jack Drescher, MD

News: APsaA Mourns Victims of Orlando Terrorist Attack, Calls for Action

Photo by Steve Nesius/Reuters
Leading Psychoanalytic Association Mourns Victims of Orlando Terrorist Attack,
Calls for Action

Blog: Freud Is Everywhere

Freud revolutionized the understanding and treatment of mental disorders. He created the psychoanalytic theory of personality. But beyond this, he profoundly changed our understanding of humanity, thought and culture.

Blog: Psychoanalysis! Is that still around?

Psychoanalysis! Is that still around?
By Jane Hall, CSW, FIPA
Scene:  a neighborhood restaurant. Overheard conversation between two diners
Q: What kind of work do you do?
A: I'm a psychoanalyst.