Category Psychology

Section from a Quran Manuscript, 18th century Morocco or Tunisia. Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper. | via | Click image for larger view.


“it is as difficult to present a fixed image of a character as of societies and passions. For a character alters no less than they do, and if one tries to take a snapshot of what is relatively immutable in it, one finds it presenting a succession of different aspects … to the disconcerted lens” […]

Creativity & Mental Illness

nah puuchh be-khudii-e aish-e maqdam-e sailaab kih naachte haiN paRe sar bah sar dar-o-diivaar don’t ask about the self-lessness of the enjoyment of the coming of the flood for/since they dance, fallen, end to end– doors and walls {58,9} Ghalib Even if there are connections between creativity and madness, it does not mean that madness […]

Group Psychology – Sigmund Freud & Heinrich Heine

Among the thousands of books burned on Berlin’s Opernplatz in 1933, following the Nazi raid on the Institut für Sexualwissenschaft, were works by Heinrich Heine. To commemorate the terrible event, one of the most famous lines of Heine’s 1821 play Almansor was engraved in the ground at the site: “Das war ein Vorspiel nur, dort […]

Ideology and Aggression: Osama Bin Laden

There is only a perspectival seeing, only a perspectival “knowing”; and the more affects we allow to speak about a matter, the more eyes, different eyes, we know how to bring to bear on one and the same matter, that much more complete will our “concept” of this matter, our “objectivity” be. [GM, Nietzsche] Ideology […]

Jokes and their Relation to the Unconscious

“The pleasure in jokes has seemed to us to arise from an economy in expenditure upon inhibition, the pleasure in the comic from an economy in expenditure upon ideation (upon cathexis) and the pleasure in humour from an economy in expenditure upon feeling. In all three modes of working of our mental apparatus the pleasure […]

Psychoanalysis and Neuroscience Roundtable Discussion with Cristina Alberini, Heather Berlin, Vittorio Gallese, Robert Michels, Donald Pfaff, and Mark Solms. It’s been over ten years since the first issue of the journal Neuropsychoanalysis was published, and almost twenty years since an ongoing series of meetings between psychoanalysts and neuroscientists was initiated at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute. This […]


The moment I saw this mosque lamp, I felt that my mother would have liked it because she – like many other people, and I among them – was very fond of ceramics and perfumed candles – my usual and last birthday gift. I could see it in the colors and patterns that they were […]

Salman Akhtar on “The Trauma of Dislocation”

I came across one of Dr. Akhtar’s lectures of May 2008 on dislocation (including immigration) identity and its psychological impact. I’m sharing the link in my email with Dr. Akhtar’s permission. What he taught us during his visit recently was his expertise and experience in the art and science of psychodynamics. However the following link […]

A Facebook Account

— On a serious note, I like facebook as it, among other things, even opens up a world of communities (pages, groups, etc.) and individuals I’m interested in but would not have otherwise come across and communicated or stayed in touch with after school, college and so on. I imagine a lot of people, if […]

Vulvar – Women Voices Now

2010 – This film is about a form of violence against women & girls which is endorsed in the name of culture and bred in the shadow of marriage in certain tribes of The Islamic Republic of Pakistan. It is known as Vulvar (bride price). This is a film made independently by my high school […]

Lion Finch

Five Lectures on Psychoanalysis

5 Lectures given at the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the founding of Clark University in Worcester, Mass., September 1909 by Prof. Dr. Sigmund Freud, LL.D. Dedicated in gratitude to G. Stanley Hall, Ph.D., LL.D., President of Clark University, Professor of Psychology and Education I Meine Damen und Herren! [given in German, Ladies and Gentlemen:] It […]

The Einstein-Freud Correspondence

Sigmund Freud 1856-1939 Click here for other Freud resources The Einstein-Freud Correspondence (1931-1932) from Einstein on Peace ed. Otto Nathan and Heinz Norden (New York: Schocken Books, 1960), pp186-203 The letter which Einstein addressed to Freud, concerning the projected organization of intellectual leaders, was sent on 29 April, 1931. I greatly admire your passion to […]

Dr. Joseph Schildkraut

My brother Aftab shared with me his fond memories of Dr. Joseph Schildkraut today. Dr. Schildkraut had been his supervisor during his psychiatry residency at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center in 1994-95. In a letter to The New York Times in 1994, Dr. Schildkraut observed that depression in artists “may have put them in touch […]

Freudian Slips on BBC Radio 4

The following wma files are downloadable: In Freudian Slips Lisa Appignanesi revisits five of Freud’s major works for their centenary (Monday 14th March – Friday 18th March 2005 at 3.45pm). Sexual Aberrations Written in 1905, Freud’s groundbreaking ‘Three essays on the theory of sexuality’ is one of the pillars on which modern psychoanalysis rests. In […]

Stop TB

Tuberculosis has been curable for decades now, but multiple drug resistance (MDR-TB) often develops among those who cannot afford to continue proper treatment. Recently, the disease has emerged in an even more virulent form described by WHO in early 2006 as extensive drug resistant or XDR-TB. The Global Plan to Stop TB 2006 – 2015 […]

Malik Saad passes away

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Sigmund Freud audio clip

Toward the end of his life, Freud was asked by the BBC to provide a brief statement about his decades-long career in psychoanalysis… here, in English, he offers a succinct overview… The “Freud Conflict and Culture” web site said this: “On December 7, 1938, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) came to Freud’s Maresfield Gardens home […]

Freud on Narcissism

Excerpts from Sigmund Freud’s paper From On Narcissism: An Introduction (1912) “The term narcissism is derived from clinical description and was chosen by Paul Nacke in 1899 to denote the attitude of a person who treats his own body in the same way in which the body of a sexual object is ordinarily treated who […]

From Freud’s Dream Psychology

‘Who can foresee the importance of a thorough knowledge of the structure and activities of the psychic apparatus when even our present state of knowledge produces a happy therapeutic influence in the curable forms of the psychoneuroses? What about the practical value of such study some one may ask, for psychic knowledge and for the […]


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