An Aggressive Group Member: The Case of the Anti-Semitic Jew

In this blog, my goal is to convert a self-hating female group member’s enormous psychic pain into useful energy. My method may appear to be cruel and sadistic but it’s aim is not to inflict pain for the pleasure of it but to free the group member from the shackles of a...
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Letter to the Editor; Foreign Students Stream into U.S.

Miriam Jordan’s article (WSJ, Foreign Students Stream into U.S. March 25,2015), may have overlooked an important part of the story. As a Sociology Professor, I have personally witnessed the influx of Asian students. In my classes, I lecture about the manifest and latent...
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The Greatest Threat to Our Civilization: Man’s Unbridled Aggression

Freud said it first and now Stephen Hawking said it too : The greatest threat to civilization is man’s unbridled aggression. So who am I to disagree?  It seems obvious on the global scale that mankind is doomed to self-extinction. Killing for peace is a contradiction but it has...
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Hot Topics At My AGPA Open Session

  The hot topics, the ones that garnered the most interest at my Open Session, “The Seven Dangers of Blurred Boundaries in Group Psychotherapy”  at last month’s American Group      Psychotherapy Associations Annual Conference in San Francisco, were  gaslighting, the double...
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Mortimer and the Bagels

Mortimer was referred to me for group because of a strong life long aversion to relationships despite an equally strong desire to have one.  He  is a very depressed, middle-aged man with low self- esteem and diminished libido. As a child, he suffered the pain and humiliation of...
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The Mantra: Don’t Do A Number on Anyone And Don’t Let Anyone Do a Number on You

While the focus of this blog is about keeping the exchange of feelings between members flowing in a psychoanalytic treatment group, it is intended to be of use for all emotionally significant interactions, whether in therapy or between people in their real lives. Many of my group...
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Freud Wasn’t Completely Wrong

We all know that Freud got a lot of things wrong.  However, his basic premise is spot on– unassailable.  He said that:  “ All behavior is motivated”.  In his brilliant and controversial first book:  “Psychopathology of Everyday Life”, Freud lays out his thesis from his...
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Validation of My Work

Dr. Pepper :   I met you at the conference book signing in San Francisco, and I sat in on your early morning session. I was energized and empowered hearing you in person. I am so validated as I read your book! I am not finished and will respond with more thoughtful comments. I...
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Insult to Injury

Dr. Pepper, I saw your recent inquiry about a panel, and I have long and winding response to this, with some questions of my own: I wanted to connect with  you a bit at the conference to share a disturbing experience I had, that seems right up you alley of professional focus...
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