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The Artist of Loving

Humanistic philosopher and psychologist Erich Fromm was born on this date in 1900 in Frankfurt, Germany. He was a student of the Talmud and used Jewish texts and imagery as touchstones for his political and psychological insights long after he had left the world of Orthodoxy at age 26. Fromm’s attachment to Judaism as a […]

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Robert Spitzer, the APA, and Homosexuality

On this date in 1973, the American Psychiatric Association (with Jews making up about 30 percent of its membership) declared that “by itself, homosexuality does not meet the criteria for being a psychiatric disorder” and removed it from the second edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-II). Dr. Robert L. Spitzer, […]

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The Enemy Within

INTIMACY VS. COLD WAR POLITICS IN THE AMERICANS by Alessio Franko From the Summer 2017 issue of Jewish Currents “THIS MIGHT HELP you understand them a little bit, ” says Pastor Tim (Kelly AuCoin), handing the teenaged Paige Jennings (Holly Taylor) a copy of Karl Marx’s Capital. The pastor is privy to a secret that Paige and […]

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February 21: The Night Driver

Herschel Leibowitz, a neurophysiologist at the University of Wisconsin and at Penn State who did innovative research in the field of perception — in particular, identifying how drivers dangerously misidentify what they’re seeing at night and at twilight — was born in York, Pennsylvania on this date in 1925. Leibowitz fought in the Battle of […]

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February 20: Psychology and the Immune System

Robert Ader, a lifelong professor of psychiatry and psychology at the University of Rochester and an inventor of the field of psychoneuroimmunology, which examines links between a person’s psychological life and immune system, was born on this date in 1932. Ader launched the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity. “His theories that the human mind could […]

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Going Mad

AND GETTING MAD ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT from the Autumn 2016 issue of Jewish Currents by Anonymous   LIKE TOO MANY other people, I can’t remember a time in my life when I haven’t been bullied. I’ve always been the weird, uncool, socially awkward girl. In middle school, I was made fun of for being […]

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Resisting Authority

A Personal Account of the Milgram Obedience Experiments by Joe Dimow WHEN IS IT PROPER to refuse to obey authority figures, even if they have been democratically chosen for their positions? In 1961, I participated in a famous experimental study about obedience and authority — although I and other participants were led to believe it […]

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The Nazi Ink Blots

by Dusty Sklar Discussed in this essay: Anatomy of Malice: The Enigma of the Nazi War Criminals, by Joel E. Dimsdale. Yale University Press, 2016, 256 pages. AFTER WORLD WAR II, the Allies held an international war crimes trial in Nuremberg. In Anatomy of Malice: The Enigma of the Nazi War Criminals, psychiatry professor emeritus […]

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“Dearest Jung…”

Erich Neumann’s Lifelong Correspondence with C.G. Jung by Aryeh Maidenbaum From the Spring 2016 issue of Jewish Currents Discussed in this essay: Analytical Psychology in Exile: The Correspondence of C.G. Jung & Erich Neumann, edited by Martin Liebscher. Princeton University Press, 2015, 496 pages. IN APRIL 2015, the Israel Jung Group hosted an important international […]

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