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Review: A Dangerous Method(1)
Perhaps the three characters in David Cronenberg's handsome, eloquent dramatization of the birth and near demise of psychoanalysis represent the parts of the psyche that the movement would eventually hypothesize.
Cronenberg's dramatization of the rise of psychoanalysis
| December 23, 2011
Review: Tucker & Dale vs. Evil
From Deliverance to the new Straw Dogs , elitist Hollywood hasn't shown rednecks any respect.
Eli Craig's morality tale
| September 30, 2011
A message from the office of synthetic personality management.
| November 26, 2010
At its best, Tyson becomes its subject's psychotherapist, allowing him to disgorge with no judgment and little restraint his memories, fantasies, impulses, and fears.
Toback's Tyson tames two egos
| May 01, 2009
Another damn study
Some people argue that scholarly inquiry about profanity is pointless, and even laughable.
Timothy Jay, PhD, discusses words his colleagues won't
| April 10, 2009
Interview: Ari Folman on Waltz with Bashir
Not long after I spoke with Ari Folman about Waltz with Bashir , a harrowing and black-comic animated memoir of his experience as an IDF soldier in the invasion of Lebanon in 1982, Israeli bombs fell on Gaza, in seeming anticipation of a ground offens
Song and dance
| January 06, 2009
Spare Us the Early Onslaught of Christmas!!
On the night of Saturday, November 1, I went to a house party in the Fox Point section of Providence. Standing in the beer line, flanked by Cruella DeVille and Catwoman, I was both confused and underdressed.
| November 12, 2008
One Day you'll learn
College students are told relentlessly to enjoy their time in school.
| November 12, 2008
Mix and match
Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert recently demonstrated that having many options to choose from makes us less happy.
Menu anxiety pays off at the Grill Room
| August 05, 2008
Will Harvard drop acid again?
In a moment of delightful whimsy in the annals of drug history, Albert Hofmann, after purposely ingesting LSD for the first time, rode his bicycle home and experienced all manner of beatific and hellish visions.
Psychedelic research returns to Crimsonland
| May 28, 2008
In the 1999 cult-classic satire Office Space, disgruntled corporate lackey Peter Gibbons visits an occupational hypnotherapist to address burn-out, stress, and his antipathy to TPS reports.
You, too, can learn to tap into people's unconscious through hypnosis
| April 25, 2008
The cupboards of Irish dramaturgy are crammed with ghosts.
Shining City at the Huntington; ASP’s The Tempest
| March 18, 2008
If ever a thinker stood for the idea of questioning authority, it was Carol Gilligan.
Carol Gilligan steps into fiction
| January 22, 2008
Leader of the pack
“When good dogs go bad,” goes the voiceover introduction, “there’s one man who’s their best friend. Cesar Millan.”
Cesar Millan and Dog Whisperer
| August 06, 2007
Fulsome prison blues
If a Hollywood It-Girl really wants to leave her mark this summer, she’ll have to work a lot harder than usual.
Two DUI s , cocaine, and now jail — what’s next for Li Lo? Five local dignitaries chime in.
| August 01, 2007
One or several
Ettinger has referred to herself as a painter first, a clinical psychologist second.
Bracha L. Ettinger at the Maine College of Art
| July 25, 2007
Betting your brain
It's no surprise that it feels good to win money.
You just think you’re going to win
| April 25, 2007
Mapping the mind
Consider the countless processes your body is performing in order for you to read these words.
Deborah Aschheim’s deep cartography
| February 14, 2007
This article originally appeared in the November 29, 1991 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Michael Jackson is lost in the mix of his new album
| January 08, 2007
Concepts as characters
Pynchon's writing is misogynistic. Male-character driven. Phallic-image obsessed. He’s got books about rockets exploding. And war. And heinous sex acts with destitute women. And more war.
Why don't women read Pynchon?
| November 30, 2006
Not horsing around
When aborigines first encountered colonialists’ horses, according to Alan Strang’s mother, they believed that horse and rider were one being.
God + man collide in Equus
| October 11, 2006
Who needs snakes on a plane when they infest so many stage families?
2nd Story’s Short Attention Span 3
| August 29, 2006
Daytime TV turns into a book
Blame it on Oprah.
| August 17, 2006
This article originally appeared in the August 4, 1981 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
The Moral Majority's higher education
| August 03, 2006
All in the family
A therapist can't babble, Lawrence Kimball tells us.
The Lanyard deftly handles dysfunction
| August 02, 2006
The trials of Bernard Baran
This story originally appeared in the June 18, 2004 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
Twenty years ago, a young gay man was convicted of multiple counts of molestation. There is good reason to believe he is innocent.
DORI BERMAN, CARRIE LOCK, RICHARD RAINEY, AND LINDSAY TAUB
| July 12, 2006
RI’s mental-health system is unraveling
More than 120 uninsured Rhode Islanders are waiting for mental health services at the Allen Berry Health and Dental Center on Prairie Avenue in Providence, according to one of its administrators.
| July 12, 2006
Short ’n’ sweet
2nd Story Theatre has kicked off its Short Attention Span Theatre with Wave : seven short plays, no waiting; all but one a comedy, so not much time to rest your grin.
2nd Story’s Wave 1 is a winner
| July 11, 2006
Broadway is strewn with the banana peel of Arthurian legend.
Monty Python’s Spamalot , Súgán’s Talking to Terrorists
| March 21, 2006
A one-person, multi-character show can be a lesson in psychology as well as dynamic theater when it’s done well.
Nehassaiu deGannes’s Door of No Return
| February 09, 2006
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