CHD Blog

articles written by CHD faculty and guest bloggers

Hypochondriasis as a Form of Sacrifice

by Richard Friedman, PhD, Adjunct Instructor, CHD

March 17, 2019

Years of experience as a modern analyst has left me convinced that Freud got it right in his 1895 “Project for a Scientific Psychology:” what changes people is what they say – an idea, of course, that became the basis of Spotnitz’s work.  Our job, as analysts, is to facilitate people saying everything. One way of doing this is by helping the people who have trusted us to help them expand their vocabulary, both in the sense of introducing specific words for what had been unlabeled feelings as well as suggesting new metaphors to help them flesh out their discourse. I do this by suggesting plausible hypotheses – not presented as the definitive interpretation or only possible truth but as a framework on which they can hang thoughts, feelings, memories, and fantasies. Read more…

Psychoanalysis: A Modern Approach

by Harlan Matusow, PhD, Co-Director, CHD

January 21, 2019

Modern psychoanalysis is a process in which an individual trained to listen carefully (the analyst) elicits from another individual their story. In short-term analysis, the story might be limited to a particular event (e.g. My wedding planning is driving me crazy and affecting my relationship with my fiancé!), or a crisis (e.g. My father is dying, and I am unable to make sense of all my feelings). In medium-term analysis, the story might involve a chapter in an individual’s life (e.g. I’ve been unhappy in my marriage for a while, and I don’t know if I want to try to fix it or just walk out the door; I am conflicted and sad). In long-term, or what some people might recognize as traditional psychoanalysis, there is frequently no precipitating event like a death or a marital rupture. Instead, someone might simply wish to better understand the basis for their decision-making, their goal-setting, their value system, in other words: Themselves. Read more…