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 Shlomit Gorin, M.A., Impulse Managing Editor


Venedikt Erofeev's novel Moscow-Petushki (1968) is at once perplexing, hilarious, tragic, light-hearted, and profound. As such, the experience of reading it parallels the experience of our psychic encounters with others in the consulting room. Reality blends into fantasy, the conscious merges with the unconscious, and through it all, no temporal or spatial demarcations are positioned as anything more than fleeting and quite dubious conjectures.

by Ripple Patel

Glimpsing the Interior: Photographs of Psychoanalysts' Offices: Psychoanalyst and photographer Mark Gerald opens the door to the analyst's office in an exhibit called "In the Shadow of Freud's Couch."

Under Consideration in New Jersey: Criminalizing the Unlicensed Practice of Psychoanalysis: This press release stipulates the exact terms of legislation that would add psychology, social work, and psychoanalysis to the list of professions for which licenses are now required.

No Longer a Blank Slate: Interview with Stephen Grosz: Writer Lucy Scholes encounters an analyst whose personality and written work challenge her widely-held assumptions about the profession.

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