Talk Therapy

Talk therapy, also known as psychotherapy, is the process of meeting with a counselor or therapist in order to discuss personal situations and work to overcome difficulties. The basic idea is that talking about our problems can help us to overcome them, and that sometimes it is not enough to discuss things with a family member or a trusted friend. In these cases, talking to a neutral third party who has training in dealing with various forms of emotional distress can often be very helpful in discerning what the problem is and how to confront it. Therapists provide a safe, nonjudgmental space in which to discuss sensitive subjects such as trauma, relationship issues, feelings of grief or loss, or the experience of anxiety or depression. Once we have talked about whatever stressors or issues are affecting our life, a therapist can help us determine strategies for coping with our distress and finding ways to mitigate it. There are countless modalities of therapy available, tailored to whatever concerns one might specifically want to address. We’ve started gathering valuable information on this topic, but haven’t yet curated the findings.

The New Psychoanalysis

Psychoanalysis has fallen on hard times. Freud’s gender theories are trashed for their sexism, and his original instinct theories are regarded skeptically.

Franz Alexander and Psychosomatic Medicine

Aside from being one of the most important proponents of psychoanalysis during the 20th century, Franz Alexander helped lay the foundations for psychosomatic medicine.

Bad Freudian Fathers

To a believer in the impossible profession, the family memoirs of famous psychoanalysts constitute a troubling but delicious genre. There is a certain satisfaction in reading about the unhappy marriages and not good enough parenting skills of bad Freudian fathers.

Images in Psychiatry: Franz Alexander, 1891–1964

Alexander was a rare psychoanalytic pioneer who, despite a thorough grounding in classical Freudian theory, had the courage, vision, and flexibility to modify his thinking in the light of newer knowledge.

Sigmund Freud's Life and Contributions to Psychology

Sigmund Freud was an Austrian neurologist who is perhaps most known as the founder of psychoanalysis. Freud's developed a set of therapeutic techniques centered on talk therapy that involved the use of strategies such as transference, free association, and dream interpretation.

Why Freud Survives

He's been debunked again and again—and yet we still can't give him up.


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