Beyond the Couch

The human psyche is one of the richest and most fascinating subjects in art and literature. This page provides you with some interesting examples from the world of the psyche. This week I suggest:

Monday
Sep202010

An Epidemic of Fear: How Panicked Parents Skipping Shots Endangers Us All

Interested in the autism controversy? Don't miss Amy Wallace's excellent feature in Wired: http://www.wired.com/

Monday
Sep202010

Spectrum Art Auction

Check out the Spectrum art auction and fundraiser to support San Francisco's Access Institute and it's mission to provide affordable mental health services to low-income and uninsured Bay Area residents. The auction is divided into silent and live auctions. In addition to more than 60 works of art, the auction will feature one or more special non-art packages.

More details here: http://spectrum-sf.org/


Thursday
Sep162010

My Life in Therapy

Laurie Simmons for The New York Times

"Still, while seeing a shrink was often considered something to be proud of back in the 1960s, lending you an aura of intellectual gravitas, it was at that time largely an adults-only activity. I began seeing my first therapist, Dr. Welsh, at the age of 10..."
– Daphne Merkin

Daphne Merkin writes about her four and a half decades in therapy: http://www.nytimes.com/

Thursday
Sep162010

Psychoanalysis: Is it about getting better or...

SF psychologist, psychoanalyst, author and social activist, Michael Bader, responds to Daphne Merkin's NYT article, A Journey Through Darkness. Read his piece here: Why We Need a "Practical Psychoanalysis"

Wednesday
Sep152010

Terry Eagleton on Evil

Listen to Terry Eagleton delivering a 'Sunday Sermon' on Evil at The School for Life, in London on 19 September.

Notions of evil ranging from St. Augustine to alcoholism to Shakespeare to the Holocaust. Explore the dark underbelly of human existence. More details here: www.theschooloflife.com

Wednesday
Sep152010

Theater on the Couch: Bill Irwin's Scapin by Molière

Mayhem, mischief, mistaken identities, and mishaps. Discussion by psychoanalysts Jed Sekoff and Linda Lageman. Running from Sept. 16 - October 17. More details here: http://www.sf-cp.org/

"The entire world is Mr. Irwin's straight man."
– The New York Times

For the full calendar of events at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, visit: http://www.sf-cp.org/programs-calendar

Wednesday
Sep152010

Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo

Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo, edited by Annice Jacoby [Abrams; June 2009; hardcover]THE BOOK:
Featuring over 500 full-color photographs and 30 essays, including artists R. Crumb, Shepard Fairey, Swoon, Barry McGee (TWIST), Rigo, and Spain Rodriguez, Street Art San Francisco comprehensively exposes more than three decades of this expansive and vibrant public art movement.

THE EVENTS:
Friday nights at the de Young Museum. The de Young continues the First Friday Mission Muralismo series of themed programs that celebrate the internationally recognized Mission District arts community. Edgy and traditional street artists, writers, performers and luminaries presenting talks and performances, sharing their art, insights, musings, experiences and perspectives about the work that has put the Mission District on the global arts map: www.missionmuralismo.com

Wednesday
Sep152010

Erotics and Intimacies: How do we think about sex?

Has sex disappeared from psychoanalytic thinking? A year long course. For more details, visit the Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology website: http://www.ncspp.org/

Sunday
Aug292010

Alain de Botton on Pessimism

Alain de Botton, aesthete and philosopher, in this Sunday sermon given to the atheistic School of Life, goes to the heart of political persuasion by bigging up virtues of pessimism.

Watch the video here

Thursday
Jul172008

Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World)

I highly recommend a trip to see Maira Kalman’s text and drawings at the The Contemporary Jewish Museum. Exhibition runs: July 1, 2010 - October 26, 2010 Find out more here From the website:

"Chaos is another constant, be it crazy and madcap or simply devastating. Indeed, it is her work’s gift to illuminate those things that affirm our own capacity for joy, sadness, humor, charm. In short, Kalman’s art inspires our humanity in light of life’s overwhelming events and details."
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