Mar
09
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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Mar
08
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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Mar
06
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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Mar
05
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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Jan
31
The other day, I received a call from a colleague who had just read the section of my new book (Pepper, 2014) on dual relationships in group psychotherapy. In that section, I make the argument that since dual relationships involve outside the group contact, they are by definition...
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Jan
22
As devastating as a loss of a parent can be, the fallout between siblings over the inheritance can be equally as shattering to the stability of family. “The Emotional Inheritance” refers to the family dynamic in which the in -fighting between siblings is rarely about just the...
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Jan
18
This past Saturday, while waiting for the downtown E train on my way to Columbus Circle, I saw a young father, a  tourist I supposed, with his little daughter, looking confused as he read a subway map. I had an immediate feeling of paternal identification as I remembered...
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Jan
17
Yesterday, I was informed that my proposal to present my book at the Division 49 ( the Group Psychotherapy Section), of the American Psychological Association was rejected for this year’s Annual Conference. While not surprised, I am baffled by the decision. My work is at...
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Jan
03
I found out on New Year’s Eve Day that my psychotherapist of thirty years, Rosalind Kaplan, PhD, lay dying in a hospice facility somewhere. If I hadn’t just written a book that I wanted her to have a copy of, I would never have known that her life is nearly at its end. As it...
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Dec
23
It seems to me odd that there is very little mentioned about siblings in the indexes of group therapy texts, because to my mind: Group therapy is sibling relationships.  That is, as they exist in the form of the ‘as if’ sibling relationships between members.  In the treatment...
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Dec
17
Werner Heisenberg in his work with quantum mechanics noticed that measuring the direction of a sub-atomic particle changed its speed and measuring its speed changed its direction. From these observations, he derived his famous theory of indeterminacy which deceptively simply...
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Dec
16
When looking for a therapist, many people are drawn to profiles that describe the clinician as “Warm and caring”. These character traits aren’t necessarily what you should be looking in your search for a psychotherapist, in a friend, of course but not so much for a therapist, or...
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Dec
14
Over the past 25 years, I have written numerous articles and one book on ethics and boundaries in group psychotherapy.  The following PowerPoint is a schematic representation of my research findings. The basic thesis is that alterations of the frame of treatment always have...
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Dec
10
Not long ago,and at the insistence of his girlfriend who threatened to leave him if he didn’t, a young man came to my office for a psychotherapy consultation. I asked him: ” How can I help you?”.  He said his girlfriend told him that he had relationship issues....
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Dec
09
Years ago Peggy Bice and I wrote a pilot for a sitcom called Molly O’Shields based on her real-life work as a staff therapist at a mental health clinic. The first episode was funny, smart and quirky.  We had a professional script writer edit it, hence the red lettering, but...
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Dec
08
While walking my dog early one Summer morning along a quiet lane on Fire Island, I crossed paths with her as she walked her little white poodle. As a dog walker at 7:30am, she looked like any other dog walker . I recognized her nonetheless but didn’t want to make her feel...
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