Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry
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Is love curative?
This article explores the phenomenon of love in the therapeutic relationship and its role as a curative factor. Since Freud's (1915) description of transference love, a major goal of treatment is to understand its developmental antecedents. Most analysts agree that transference love is no different...
Psychotherapy of bisexual men.
We discuss clinical aspects of male bisexuality from a psychodynamic perspective. Bisexuality appears to be an attribute of some but not all men. The factors leading some men to be bisexual, and others exclusively homosexual or heterosexual are not presently known. Although bisexuality itself is not...
Commentary on "Fragmented testament: letters written by World War II resisters before their execution" by Anne Griffin and Jay Lefer.
Progression from oral to oedipal themes: a defense against experiences of object loss.
This paper will focus on a patient whose associations appeared to involve triangular, oedipally organized themes, but who also had a severely compromised ego. This apparent discrepancy in development can be understood as a defensive maneuver. The defense protected him from experiencing object loss a...
The psychoanalyst at the medical bedside.
Consultation-liaison psychiatry is now a subspecialty recognized by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. The presence of the psychiatrist as a member of the medical team is the result of contributions by psychoanalysts in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s who studied the psyche acting on the som...
Screening for the metabolic syndrome.
A psychodynamic (NonOedipal) and brain function hypothesis regarding a type of male sexual masochism.
A clinical observation suggests a hypothesis that differs from classical analytic oedipal theory as to the origin and psychodynamics of a type of male sexual masochism. This type of masochism may occur when a painful childhood life experience regarding severely forbidden sexual pleasure is associate...
An attempt at unmasking Eugene O'Neill.
Masks appear in several of Eugene O'Neill's early plays, serving not as a mere technical innovation, but rather as a way to explore "hidden conflicts" of human nature. This article explores three factors that could have provoked this sensitivity to the motif of masking. First is the influence of Gre...
The Da Vinci code dynamically de-coded.
The novel The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown has been on best-seller lists for over two years. An examination of Brown's previous novels reveals a well-designed plot line shared by all four novels that not only makes them good "thrillers" but also creates a mythological structure to the novels that dra...
FRONTLINE--a cause for optimism.