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A Beginner’s Guide to Psychoanalysis

Prof. Elizabeth Lunbeck

Elizabeth Lunbeck is Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University, specializing in the history of psychoanalysis, psychiatry, and psychology, with allied interests in women and gender, intellectual and cultural history, and the twentieth-century United States.

She is the author of a number of books including the multi-award winning “The Psychiatric Persuasion: Knowledge, Gender, and Power in Modern America”, and “The Americanization of Narcissism” for which she received the 2015 Courage to Dream Book Prize from the American Psychoanalytic Association.

Liz is also an academic program graduate of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and holds an MA in counseling psychology from William James College.

In today’s episode we explore some of the basic ideas of Freudian psychoanalysis, what it is and where it came from, whether there’s any truth to the modern caricature of psychoanalysis as an expensive waste of time exploring Oedipal issues and repressed memories, what modern psychoanalysis looks like in practice, and whether or not Freud still has anything to offer in the the 21st century.

 

Related Links

ElizabethLunbeck.com – Liz’s website

Karnac Books – Online bookstore with around 18000 specialist titles on psychoanalysis and psychotherapy

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The Holy Grail of Psychotherapy?

Dr. Warren Mansell

Warren Mansell (@warrenmansell) is a Senior Lecturer and Clinical Psychologist at the University of Manchester, specialising in psychological approaches to bipolar disorder, transdiagnostic interventions for mental health problems, and Perceptual Control Theory.

In 2011 he received the British Psychological Society May Davidson Award for his outstanding contribution to the field of psychology in the first ten years since qualifying as a clinical psychologist.

He is the author of a number of books including “The Bluffer’s Guide to Psychology“, “Coping with Fears and Phobias: A Step-by-step Guide to Understanding and Facing Your Anxieties“, and the book which forms the basis of today’s discussion “A Transdiagnostic Approach to CBT using Method of Levels Therapy“.

In today’s episode we explore the transdiagnostic approach to understanding psychological distress, how a loss of control is at the root of all mental health problems from anorexia to OCD, and why Method of Levels could prove to be the Holy Grail of psychotherapy.

 

 

The transdiagnostic processes common across all psychological disorders, and the fundamental process which underlies them all… Loss of control caused by conflicting goals.

 

Related Links

PCTWeb – The theory of control that is changing our world view

Method of Levels (MOL) – A way of helping people listen to themselves

Method of Levels and Life’s Journey – A demonstration of a Method of Levels therapy in action

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