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Review: A Dangerous Method

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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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 23, 2011
short takes tucker and dale

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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 30, 2011

Psychological profiles

A message from the office of synthetic personality management.
By DAVID KISH  |  November 26, 2010

Ring master

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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  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
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  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.
By PHILIP EIL  |  November 12, 2008

One Day you'll learn

College students are told relentlessly to enjoy their time in school.
Second Courses
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  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
By BRIAN DUFF  |  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
By PETER BEBERGAL  |  May 28, 2008

Probing minds

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
By NEELY STEINBERG  |  April 25, 2008


Rough magic

The cupboards of Irish dramaturgy are crammed with ghosts.
Shining City at the Huntington; ASP’s The Tempest
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 18, 2008


If ever a thinker stood for the idea of questioning authority, it was Carol Gilligan.
Carol Gilligan steps into fiction
By CLEA SIMON  |  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
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  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.
By SHARON STEEL  |  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
By CHRIS THOMPSON  |  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
By SAMANTHA HENIG  |  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
By IAN PAIGE  |  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
By STEPHANIE ZACHAREK  |  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?
By CRIS RODRIGUEZ  |  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
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 11, 2006


Wave, goodbye

Who needs snakes on a plane when they infest so many stage families?
2nd Story’s Short Attention Span 3
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 29, 2006

Daytime TV turns into a book

Blame it on Oprah.
Wacky inspiration
By JEFF INGLIS  |  August 17, 2006

Falwell U

This article originally appeared in the August 4, 1981 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
The Moral Majority's higher education
By JERE REAL  |  August 03, 2006

All in the family

A therapist can't babble, Lawrence Kimball tells us.
The Lanyard deftly handles dysfunction
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  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.


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.
Falling down
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  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
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 11, 2006


Broadway is strewn with the banana peel of Arthurian legend.
Monty Python’s Spamalot , Súgán’s Talking to Terrorists
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 21, 2006

Living history

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  
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 09, 2006