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I am a terrible blogger

On February 26th covering ,

Because I have to think about things for a few weeks. For example, I have some choice thoughts about the TED talk by Liz Gilbert on Genius. But so does everyone else. And by the time I have my thoughts worked out, it will be as quaint and distant as Jimmy Carter’s cardigan. The internet will give a collective “meh“.

this just in: it helps to put your feelings into words

On February 15th covering ,

When did it happen that nothing we know about human nature counts until a brain researcher says so? This article reports on, to be sure, an interesting and worthwhile study. What we know about the mind from the inside (through psychoanalysis and all the rest) is converging with what we know about the brain from the outside — and that is really something.

BUT, it seems that the brain researchers have become the go-to explainers of human nature in a way that can be strained and ridiculous. I notice my patients seem to increasingly talk about one part of their “brain” feeling or doing something — when they’re really using “brain” as a metaphor for “mind” — because they’re talking about how they experience their mental life, not about how the hardware is configured. Read more »

losing the plot

On January 13th 2 Comments covering

I haven’t lost interest in this blog — au contraire, I’ve been thinking about it every day. I’ve lost the definition of what the damn thing is about. It’s at risk for becoming about everything I happen to find interesting.

The only solution is to write one thing at a time and trust it will have coherence in retrospect. This is being said by a guy who has four different browsers open at once. Not windows, browsers.

psychoanalysts condemn Prop 8

On November 11th covering , ,

I’m glad my professional association (one of them, anyway) has made a forceful statement condemning California’s Proposition 8. Here’s the press release titled Psychoanalysts Censure California’s Vote to Ban Same-Sex Marriage.

Here’s the previously existing position statement on the issue overall. Well put.

UPDATE: Where is the American Psychological Association? if there’s a statement on Prop 8 I can’t find it. (There’s this, a general statement on homosexuality). Another reason I like to say I’m a psychoanalyst-who’s-also-a-psychologist rather than the other way around.

meetings with extraordinary men and women

On October 29th covering , , ,

I returned from the CMJ Music Marathon where I was immersed in the pragmatics and problems of the indie-band life, and went straight into a 3-day seminar at the Kennedy Center on boards of nonprofit arts organizations. I have so much to talk about I don’t know where to start.

The central thing this is all about is creating a structure that supports creativity. That’s it. Either an organizational structure, a business model or a way of working.

I have some gems to share from far-seeing luminaries as diverse as George Clinton, True Master and Michael Kaiser.