“The Psychonaut Show,” is on a mission to seek out new worlds in the inner space of our minds. We discover tools psychoanalysts since Freud have used to penetrate the mysterious depths of the unconscious, but always with the practical goal of becoming more effective and connected humans. Your host is John K. Burton, M.D., a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who is co-chair of the Committee on Public Information of the American Psychoanalytic Association. Enjoy the journey!
Do dreams really mean anything? Dreams are not just random neuronal firing (our brains are way too elegant!) Dreams are the language of our unconscious that just need a bit of translation. In this episode we go "deep dream diving" and bring back precious pearls from the underwater world of dreams!
What does being called "a Narcissist" even mean? To investigate, we go back to Freud – of course. But we also bring in our friend Heinz Kohut, and our first actual living psychoanalytic theorist, Otto Kernberg! We also take a tour through the ancient myths of the original self-centered chap, Narcissus!
Human beings always interacting and dealing with each other's psychological baggage. Knowing what we bring to the table, versus what the other person is putting on us, can be mysterious. Projective identification is the key to solving this mystery and where the most powerful magic of psychoanalysis resides!
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