An abstract drawing, black on a white background, squigles with a dark circle in the center.

I was thinking about past events recently and pondering the effect those events would have had if I was successful in my attempt to take my own life. It’s a morbid thought for sure, but it is something that has plagued me for a very long time. I started to think about how my untimely […]

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A collage of two statues, a man and woman, talking to each other.

I would like to survey some themes from Modern Psychoanalysis of the Schizophrenic Patient by Hyman Spotnitz. What is it about? Well, in the preface he explains that his intention in writing this book was to provide an educational manual to students at “modern” psychoanalytic institutes. When I was a student at the New York […]

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An abstract painting featuring yellow, purple and red blothces on a black background.

“Everyone recognizes the certainty [of his death], but lays it on one side, like other theoretical truths that are not applicable in practice, without taking it into his vivid consciousness.” (Schopenhauer) When Sigmund Freud arrived at the possibility of a “death instinct” in Beyond the Pleasure Principle he acknowledged that he had “unwillingly steered our […]

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