BGSP News & Notes

News from the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis

Issue #6 , January, 2005

Edited by Stephen Soldz

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Phyllis W. Meadow, BGSP Founder, Passes Away

Wednesday, January 19th, brought incredibly sad news that Phyllis W. Meadow, the founder and long-time former President of BGSP passed away. The school issued the following statement:

The Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis mourns deeply the loss of its beloved and inspiring founder and former President, Phyllis W. Meadow, in New York City on January 19, after a brief illness. Dr. Meadow is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Dena and Jim Reed, her grandchildren, Rebecca, Amanda and Zachary, and her sisters, Susan Winbourne and Jessie Roland.

An internationally known figure, Dr. Meadow founded three psychoanalytic institutes, the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies in Manhattan, the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis in Brookline (formerly the Boston Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies), and the Vermont School of Psychoanalysis, a branch of the Boston Graduate School, near Brattleboro, Vermont. Dr. Meadow demonstrated an extraordinary ability to engage others in the psychoanalytic experience. She worked hard all of her life to establish psychoanalysis as its own discipline and field of knowledge independent of the other mental health disciplines. To that end she worked to achieve degree granting status in the field through the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, beginning with the Master of Arts degree in 1994 and the doctorate in psychoanalysis in 1999 at the Vermont branch campus. A true innovator, she founded the unique interdisciplinary Institute for the Study of Violence at the Boston school and achieved doctoral degree granting status for its program of studies in 2000. As of this month, the Master of Arts degree may also be earned through the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis in New York.

Dr. Meadow was also founder and editor of the journal Modern Psychoanalysis established in 1976. Her published works include Emotional Education: The Theory and Process of Educating Psychoanalysts; Selected Theoretical and Clinical Papers; Treatment of the Narcissistic Neuroses (co-authored with Hyman Spotnitz), and The New Psychoanalysis, an overview of modern psychoanalysis, appeared in 2003. A book on ethics in psychoanalysis is in press.

She was Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies and former President of the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis. She was also founder and former President of the Society of Modern Psychoanalysts. She served on the Board of Directors of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis as Membership Director, and was a founder and past president of the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis.

Dr. Meadow was an ardent proponent for modern psychoanalysis as research method and as a school of technical innovation for working with a broad range of character types and pathologies, working to achieve healthy patterns of balancing sexual and aggressive drive energy. As she explained in a recent interview:

Modern psychoanalysis holds that a healthy society allows for constructive means of discharge of aggressive and sexual impulses. For example, in today's hectic life, sexual fantasy offers a hope for pleasure. But there are aggressive impulses too, and it's to those impulses the violence so prevalent in today's media speaks. Aggression has been a problem throughout history, and the signs of that changing soon appear to be few….A level of pleasure and satisfaction with life can be achieved by 'measuring up', but modern psychoanalysis holds that working with our aggression will lead to a more authentic and steadfast satisfaction.

Her singular gifts as a psychoanalyst were revealed in her profound attunement to others' emotions and unconscious psychic conflicts in both individual and group settings. We will miss her contagious enthusiasm, her creative mind, and her boundless energy.

The New York Times obituary can be read at: One can also view or sign the: Guest Book for Phyllis W. Meadow, which give a sense of the profound influence Dr. Meadow had on the lives of many.

The Boston Globe obituary is available at: Phyllis Whitcomb Meadow, psychoanalyst and author, while the one from the Villager is Phyllis Meadow, 80, psychoanalysis pioneer and educator.

A Review of The New Psychoanalysis, Dr. Meadow's last book, is available from Metapsychology Online. The first paragraph of the review:

Meadow's book is an excellent study in the origins and theories that inform modern psychoanalysis. She substantiates said theories with her own experiences in practicing psychoanalysis. This book traces the birth of modern analysis back to its start with Freud and then doctors utilizing unconventional techniques to treat mental patients in the 1950's. Even without her extensive experience in this field, the wealth of information in this book would stand on its own due to the vast research compiled within it's pages. It is brilliant, well written, and organized meticulously.

BGSP Establishes the Phyllis W. Meadow Doctoral Development Fund

The faculty at BGSP has established the Phyllis W. Meadow Doctoral Development Fund for the advancement of psychoanalysis as an independent field of study at the doctoral level. Further details regarding the fund will be available soon.

BGSP Achieves Degree-Granting Status in New York

BGSP is pleased to announce that students may now earn a Master of Arts degree in Psychoanalysis at Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, New York, located at 16 West 10th Street, New York City. The New York State Board of Regents authorized NYGSP to grant the degree on January 11, 2005. The two-year master's program offers a broad foundation in psychoanalytic theory and prepares students for more advanced studies in psychoanalysis. Applications are now being accepted for the Spring 2005 semester, which begins February 7. Prospective students may call NYGSP at 212-260-7050 for more information.

BGSP Collaboration Starts School-Based Program

This fall saw the start of a new School-Based Program (SBP), created by BGSP in collaboration with the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy, a training program and clinic just a few blocks down Beacon St. from BGSP. The SBP offers individual and group counseling services to students in the Boston Public Schools. After just a few months, the SBP is already offering services to about 150 students in nine schools.

The SBP is directed by Tia Kimberk, who has years of experience directing a similar program. Many of the clinicians in the SBP are graduates of BGSP's Masters Program and/or are enrolled in its Certificate or Doctoral programs. Decision-making for the SBP involves a Steering Committee, with representatives from both BGSP and the BIP.

The SBP builds upon the years of work by BGSP faculty Joan White and others in applying psychoanalytic concepts to work with multi-problem children in the public schools. The SBP plans to expand its efforts, adding parent education and other services to the clinical services it already provides.

Michael Maccoby to Speak at BGSP Spring Conference

BGSP has just announced the speaker for its Spring Conference, to be held May 7th, 2005. It will be Michael Maccoby a psychoanalyst, anthropologist, and organizational consultant. He studied under Erich Fromm at the Mexican Institute of Psychoanalysis, and has a Ph.D. from Harvard. Dr. Maccoby consults to businesses, governments and unions. His topic will be Following the Leader - Or Not: Unconscious Dynamics in Organizations. Dr. Maccoby's talk will be followed by discussion and workshops that are still being arranged. But make sure to Save the Date to be part of this exciting event.

For those wishing a foretaste, numerous articles by Dr. Maccoby are available at the web site of The Maccoby Group.

BGSP to Hold Five Brown Bag Lunch Seminars for Clinicians: Everyday Clinical Dilemmas

This winter and spring, BGSP will host a series of brown bag lunch seminars, giving local therapist the opportunity to discuss a variety of challenging situations confronted in their clinical work.

All Seminars are 12:30 to 2:30 at BGSP. The fee is $40 each event (student fee with ID $25). The whole series is $175. For more information, or to register, e-mail or call (617) 277-3915.

BGSP Faculty to Discuss Iraqi and Afghan Prison Abuse at Eastern Sociological Society

Two BGSP faculty members are going to present at the Eastern Sociological Society meeting, March, 2005, in Washington DC as part of a panel, organized by BGSP faculty members and ISV Co-Director Siamak Movahedi. The panel is on Iraqi and Afghan Prisons: Social Scientific Theories of Situational Dynamics in the Light of the Atrocities Committed. Dr. Movahedi's individual contribution is entitled Prison Atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan and the Myth of Interpersonal Dynamics of Prison Life. Also presenting is BGSP faculty member Stephen Soldz, whose paper is entitled Abu Ghraib and the Psychodynamics of Occupation.

Two BGSP/VSP Students Present to Psychoanalysts in Costa Rica

On December 20th , 2004, BGSP/VSP Doctorate Candidates Rodrigo Barahona and Marcos Cancado presented papers to the Costarrican Center for Psychoanalytic Studies (CEP) and the Costarrican Association for Social Psychology and Psychoanalysis (ASPAS). This interchange, sponsored by the CEP, was designed to present and discuss theory and technique related to treating difficult patients with psychoanalysis. Both Mr. Barahona and Mr. Cancado presented cases of patients suffering from severe neurotic hysteria, and focused on dream interpretation, countertransference, and acting-out as well as several other issues related to technique. The titles of the papers were "The Dream and the Nightmare as Enactment: Considerations for the Psychoanalytic Interpretation of Good and Bad Dreams", by Mr. Barahona, and "The Constitution of the Subject in a Case of Hysteria", by Mr. Cancado.

The participants raised some questions related to female aggression in the course of analysis as an attempt to deal with castration and pre-oedipal objects as a pre-condition to the constitution of a feminine identity. Dr. Ursula Hauser, one of the founders of ASPAS, postulated the traumatic reality of some women as contributing factor for aggression in female patients. Others raised questions related to the function of the analyst sustaining or working-through the patient's resistance. Mr. Barahona and Mr. Cancado stressed the importance of working within the transference-countertransference matrix when interpreting dreams with the patient. Special emphasis was placed on the analyst's acting out as a source for tapping into the patient's unconscious material.

Contributed by Marcos Cancado & Rodrigo Barahona

Next Clinical Case Presentation Scheduled

The next of the continuing series of Clinical Case Presentations with BGSP faculty member Faye Newsome will be held on Thursday, February 10, 8:00 PM at BGSP. These discussions are free and open to any interested clinicians.

Gallery 1581 Opens New Show

BGSP's art gallery, Gallery 1581, opened its new show January 28. The show features the works of renowned artist Shaun McNiff. Mr. McNiff is an internationally recognized artist, art therapist, author, and the University Professor at Lesley University. Works on view explore the ways in which experience from art therapy, depth psychology, and daily life can inspire and influence creative expression. The show will continue through March 17, 2005.

Modern Psychoanalysis Goes to the Movies

The next two events of the BGSP film discussion series, Modern Psychoanalysis Goes to the Movies, are scheduled for this winter. As usual, please remember to view the film before the discussion as it will not be shown at the event.

BGSP Information Session in February

The next BGSP Information Session will be held on Saturday, February 19, at 11-12:30 pm. Anyone interested in learning about our Master's, Certificate and Doctoral Programs should attend.

Upcoming CE Events

BGSP will host a Spring Community Workshop Series beginning March 3, 2005 with Freedom in Performance by Adrian Sahlean, Cert. Psya. and musician. For further information, check

Contributed by Claudia Luiz

Selected Recent Library Acquisitions

Contributed by Amy Cohen-Rose

Psychoanalysis in the News

As he was coming to speak about psychoanalysis at Clarke University, Freud said he was brining the plague to America. Evidently the Pope still believes that. He recently has condemned Freud, along with Marx and Nietzsche as the "masters of suspicion": Thinkers Behind the Culture of Death (Part 2): Donald DeMarco on the "Masters of Suspicion".

The Question of God: Sigmund Freud & C.S. Lewis, a 4-hour PBS special in September compared the views of these thinkers -- one a Christian, the other a skeptic -- on God. T he narration was based only on words of the two men. Also of interest is the analysis by Ed Vitagliano: Made for Another World? Through Lives of Influential Thinkers, Question of God Fingers Fault Line in Culture.

Suppose Freud had begun as a playwright, a new play asks: Vital Theatre Company Inaugurates New Off-Broadway Home with Dear Vienna.

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports on a new book, What is Love?, by neropsychoanalyst Yoram Yovel: On the science of love. "The local I Ching, the ancient Chinese sage of our times, brings all the weight of his authority to the battlefield where the clinical and the ontological rip each other to shreds"

At the basis of the stories that Yovel brings from his clinic are the social and cultural givens about the character and nature of love, and their depressive effect on his patients. Each of the stories was chosen to serve as a different prism of the many faces of the myth of romantic love, on the one hand, and the manner of treatment, on the other. As in his previous book, Yovel alternately tells the story of the case and imparts wisdom. He builds his case studies cleverly, and they read like small thrillers interspersed with theoretical background information

Another new play opening in New Haven on the holocaust feature Freud as a major character and has acts with titles such as "Beyond the Pleasure Principal": Dreamlike `Singing Forest': Lucas' Epic Examines Two Worlds, Two Generations.

Psychoanalyst Steven Marans was quoted in the press giving advice to help parents cope with fears raised in their children by the Asian tsunami disaster: Little kids, big fears: Tuning in to feelings and tuning out tsunami coverage can help protect children from waves of anxiety.

The Freud Museum in London has opened a new Exhibition on Freud’s exile days.

Contributed by Stephen Soldz

Notes on Interesting Research

A recent article claims that FDA approval of Ritalin and related drugs is based on flawed and/or selective reporting of research: Here, Kiddie, Kiddie.

Did left-handed people get an advantage in fighting in pre-industrial countries? Researchers have found a correlation across native societies in the amount of violence and the number of left-handed people: You cannot be serious - are left-handed people nature's way of starting a fight?.

Contributed by Stephen Soldz

Quote of the Month

An elder Cherokee Native American was teaching his grandchildren about life. He said to them, "A fight is going on inside me...It is a terrible fight, and it is between two wolves. One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, pride and superiority. The other wolf stands for joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. This same fight is going on inside of you and every other person too."

They thought about it for a minute and then one child asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"

The old Cherokee simply replied..."The one I feed."

Author: unknown. Received in e-mail.
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Edited by Stephen Soldz
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