Psychoanalysis in the News

by Molly Merson, MFT

Tell It About Your Mother: Can brain-scanning help save Freudian psychoanalysis? What does it look like in one’s brain when a “shift” happens in a psychoanalytic treatment? Are neuroscientific images of a patient’s brain one way to keep psychoanalysis alive and relevant? Are we simply obsessed with tracking and measuring everything, including personality, emotion, and psychic growth? (And what happens in the psychoanalyst’s brain when the patient experiences that “shift”?)

Therapy saved a refugee child. Fifty years on, he’s leading a mental health revolution. Peter Fonagy was a depressed and suicidal teen until he was introduced to psychoanalysis. This article describes how Dr. Fonagy was helped by, and now practices, psychoanalysis.

Extended transcript: Howard Stern. Howard Stern talks about his personal experiences in psychoanalysis.