An Object Lesson in Psychoanalysis: Haggard & Dawkins

What can psychoanalysis tell us about religious and scientific fundamentalism and those who profess the truth? Through psychoanalysis we find something that we might not expect on the surface level, something that once realized reveals aspects that typically remain hidden and unnoticed. Take, for instance, American evangelical preacher, Pastor Ted Haggard, and the famed British evolutionary biologist, Dr. Richard Dawkins. InContinue reading “An Object Lesson in Psychoanalysis: Haggard & Dawkins”

Reik & Fromm on Dogma

The Dogma of Christ (1930) In 1955 Erich Fromm reluctantly published an essay he had written as a student when he was 30 years old. The topic was a psychoanalytic discussion of Christ, inspired by his teacher, Theodor Reik. Whereas Reik made a traditional analysis of an individual Christ, we find here a young FrommContinue reading “Reik & Fromm on Dogma”

The Uncanny (Das Unheimliche), the Doppelgänger, and the Automaton

The uncanny is that sense of real, yet unreal, unfamiliar yet known, supernatural, and inconsistent with the common experience. First described by the German psychiatrist, Ernst Jentsch (1906), the phenomenon is said to be familiar in the works of writer E.T.A. Hoffmann, most notably in his story The Sandman. The Sandman was celebrated in Jacques Offenbach’s 1851Continue reading “The Uncanny (Das Unheimliche), the Doppelgänger, and the Automaton”