Cultivating a Metaphor: Smita Rajput Kamble unearths the secrets of therapeutic growth

Psychotherapy as Farming – The Story of Anna Hazare and the Healing of a Village


If you google ‘Anna Hazare’ on , the most prominent picture which might bob up would be that of a slightly-built Indian farmer called Anna Hazare (in Marathi “Anna” is an honorific term meaning “village elder” or “father”), sitting in the shadow of Mahatma Gandhi’s large picture while embarking on a hunger fast against corruption.  But few know that the man who sat humbly in Mahatma Gandhi’s large shadow in BBC stories and pictures was the sort of man Gandhi had himself imitated a long time ago before he became the famed freedom fighter dressed in a loincloth. After studying law, the young, suited and booted M.K. Gandhi gave up his western clothes and adopted the garb of the Indian farmer/peasant, so as to better identify with the Indian farmer, such as Anna is, to lead the Indian freedom movement.


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Arlene Kramer Richards and Lucille Spira consider the role of myths in the psychology of contemporary women

Myths of Mighty Women: Their Application in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

John Singer Sargent Triumph of Religion - Boston Public Library A.2 Pagan Gods, Astarte (North end ceiling vault, east half) Installed 1895 Photography by Bill Kipp 1999

It is the premise of our book Myths of Mighty Women, that the Oedipus myth which was all-important to Freudian analysts in the twentieth century is only one among many myths that can embody the unconscious fantasies that shape women’s hearts, minds and behaviour, and we explore aspects of these ancient mythic, biblical, and folk stories that have implications for contemporary women’s lives and for treatment.

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Psychoanalysis Online: Jill Savege Scharff discusses the impact of technology on development, training, and therapy

Technology, teleanalysis and teletherapy


How does technology impact the human mind?  Developmental, neuroscientific research and clinical experience confirm our personal impressions that all-embracing communication technologies are reshaping our ways of thinking and relating.  Some of us worry about the widespread use of the internet changing our capacity to connect, create, and love.  We have seen young adults who would rather interact on text with many people via a hand-held device than relate intimately to those who are present at the dinner table. They find others with shared experience and perspectives, indulge in sexual fantasy, and find a space for belonging.  Has undivided attention lost its value?

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Love, Art, and Psychoanalysis: Janet Sayers explores ‘at-one-ment’ in the work of Adrian Stokes

The Interpretation of the Other: An Analysis of Love


‘Oh, yes, I’ve been in love before alright but though violently not to a hundredth this degree. For I do not believe that one can more than once lose one’s identity … If I am cut off from you … there is nothing of me surviving,’ the art critic, Adrian Stokes, told his beloved sister-in-law, Ann Mellis.

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