Arthur Janov, the pioneer of Primal Scream therapy, recently passed away. Here are some thoughts about the context in which developed his therapy… ** Fifty years ago, in 1967, the California-based Arthur Janov was operating in a strange mental health environment. That year Scottish therapist R.D. Laing published The Politics of Experience, which questioned orthodox […]
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Check out my new piece with Hidden Persuaders. Check it out and get transported back to Miami, 1969!
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A Call for Papers. Socioeconomic factors and mental health: past and present Editors: Professor Matthew Smith and Dr Lucas Richert (University of Strathclyde, UK) This article collection will examine how the relationship between socioeconomic factors and mental health has been and is understood in an array of different places and periods. Although much of the […]
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Mad To Be Normal at the glorious Glasgow Film Theatre. The film stars David Tennant in the lead role and is directed by Robert Mullan. I was lucky to sit on a panel afterward to offer some historical gems. It was a great conversation with Matthew Smith, Luke Fowler, Richard Warden, and the other attendees… […]
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In Susan Lamb’s excellent new book, Pathologist of the Mind, we are exposed to the history of American psychiatry and Adolf Meyer. Her express goal, as I write in the new issue of History of Psychiatry, is to rediscover Meyerian psychiatry and establish a foundation on which future scholars of psychiatry might build. The book is both […]
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In 2015, we are grappling with the addictive properties of The Walking Dead. Based on the best-selling comic book and developed for TV by Frank Darabont, the series has proven to be as enduring and enslaving as many popular drugs. With only a month left in Season 6, many questions surround the future of Rick, […]
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