A Psychodynamic Perspective on Idealization

A fantasy that life should be perfect and goals achieved without effort often lies behind procrastination, the inability to set goals, and different forms of artistic inhibition such as writer’s block.

The Rebelliousness of My Inner “Brat”

A raging child-like part of ourselves may lie at the root of depression and other difficulties.

Hopeless Problems, Perfect Answers in Bipolar Disorder

Depression may reflect a basic hopelessness about one’s internal damage, where the only “solution” is felt to be a magical one. This dynamic is characteristic of bipolar disorder.

Self-Hatred and Self-Criticism

Self-criticism may disguise anger about unmet expectations for ourselves and our lives.

Hatred in Politics

Hatred in politics, as in human relations, makes thinking impossible and prevents resolution of our differences.