Marilyn Charles and the Patterns of the Mind

In her book Patterns: Building Blocks of Experience, the psychoanalyst Dr. Marilyn Charles describes her perspective on the structure of the mind. She outlines how preverbal experiences of young children shape their minds and colour the world they live in as adults. Many books about psychology focus on certain types of neurotic, maladaptive behaviors and what childhoodContinue reading “Marilyn Charles and the Patterns of the Mind”

Erich Fromm and the Discontents of Materialism

In his book To Have or to Be, Erich Fromm analyzes the profound sense of dissatisfaction that is present in the materialistic societies of the West. He conceptionalizes the problem as two opposite ways of life: one that is centered around having vs. one that is centered around being. Fromm begins his book with an analysis of the ideologicalContinue reading “Erich Fromm and the Discontents of Materialism”

Ignacio Matte Blanco and the Logic of the Unconscious

In his book The Unconscious as Infinite Sets: An Essay in Bi-logic the Chilean psychoanalyst Ignacio Matte Blanco presents a framework for understanding the unconscious with the tools of mathematical logic. It is a fascinating attempt to make the unconscious understandable. To understand better the context Matte Blanco was working in, I want to begin with explainingContinue reading “Ignacio Matte Blanco and the Logic of the Unconscious”