Impulse is a community newsletter produced by the Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (NCSPP) and distributed electronically at no cost to subscribers. We envision Impulse as an integrative source for local news, events, and thinking of interest to the psychoanalytically inclined. Our goal is to be your guide as you explore the Bay Area's rich array of analytic resources.

We invite you to become a member of NCSPP, if you are not already. And, we welcome you as a subscriber to Impulse. Join us as we highlight the exceptional diversity of psychoanalytic thought and practice in Northern California.

by: Mahima Muralidharan, Ph.D.

How do we reach a broader audience? That's the question on my mind as I take charge as the new President of NCSPP. As I ponder this question, I am struck by the history and significance of our organization. We have some powerful lessons to learn from our history. In a broad sense, NCSPP was created with a primary goal of being inclusive. Over the past several years, we have remained committed to this goal in many ways. As we embark on yet another year, it's time to make a clear statement about our purpose and vision. This coming year, NCSPP will strive to provide a space for dialogue, reflection, collaboration and action. Dr. Diane Swirsky, Past President of NCSPP, recently discussed the lack of diversity within psychoanalytic organizations and raised a question about our complacency (Impulse, September 2012). I believe that going back to our roots and thinking about our purpose will give us the answer.

by: Loong Kwok, Psy.D.

My first words as the new Editor-in-Chief of Impulse are surprisingly difficult to write. I believe it's because these words are how you will get to know me. Years of experience have given me some comfort with an asymmetrical relationship, but addressing an unseen and unknown audience is its own special situation.


A video lecture by Mark Solms with discussions by Maggie Zellner, Ph.D. and Charles Fisher, M.D.
Presented by the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California
Saturday January 26th, 2013
9 AM-12:30 PM
Registration: 8:30 AM
Online registration at

by: Suzanne Stambaugh, Psy.D.


I'm feeling abstract today. The sort of day that one might enjoy sipping espresso on a leaf-littered terrace under a lowering sky, having just browsed a gallery of modern art. The sort of day when one is comfortable inhabiting the liminal spaces of the mind where conundrums and paradoxes can be held like so many faceted jewels, turned this way and that in the light

by: Ripple Patel

Thoughts on Newtown. Dr. Mark D. Smaller, President-Elect of the American Psychoanalytic Association, shares his initial reactions to the elementary school shooting in Newtown, CT.

Perpetrators of Mass Murder: A Psychoanalytic Formulation. In an article published over two years ago, Dr. James L. Knoll details the central preoccupations and developmental dynamics of mass murderers.

Mentalization and Violence: A More Complex Understanding. During a 2001 symposium on school violence, Dr. Peter Fonagy presented his ideas about the role of psychic equivalence in enabling violent behavior.


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Appointment Book: 

East Bay Psychotherapy Forum

Wed, Dec 5 / 7:30 PM - 9 PM / 2001 Dwight Way, CC Conference Room / Berkeley
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / Carolina Bacchi, Ph.D., Robert Epstein, M.D. / free   

The Intimate Room: Discussions on the Work of Guiseppe Civitarese   
Wed, Dec 5 / 8 - 9:30 PM / 530 Bush Street, 7th Floor / San Francisco  
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / Peter Goldberg, Ph.D. / free - $15

San Francisco Psychotherapy Forum 
Thu, Dec 6 / 7:30 PM - 9 PM / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / J. Lichtenstein, Psy.D., L. Buchberg, D.M.H. / free  

Protecting the Analytic Mind in Community Mental Health 
Fri, Dec 7 / 3:45 PM - 6 PM / St. John's Church, 2727 College Ave. / Berkeley  
TPI / (510) 548-2250 / Raul Moncayo, Ph.D., Sharon Bass, Ph.D., et al. / free   

Scientific Meeting: Entrenched Grievance as a Container of the Negative
Mon, Dec 10 / 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / Maxine Anderson, M.D., Georgine Marrott, Ph.D. / free   

James Joyce's The Dead: Narcissistic Vulnerability
Fri, Dec 14 / 6PM - 7:30PM /  530 Bush St., 7th Floor / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 288-4050 /  M. Zimmerman, Ph.D., F. Gonzalez, M.D / $10-$20