Rather than be made anxious by a fact, we prefer to be comforted by a fiction. Why is this? Wilfred Bion, one of the 20th century’s greatest psychoanalysts, asked in his 1962 work, Learning from Experience, a pertinent question: ‘When the mother loves her infant, what is she doing it with?’ In this blog post,... Continue Reading →
This is a paper about shame. What it is, why it feels so horrible and how humans came to feel it, explored through the story of Shakespeare's King Lear.
I have been fascinated by the HBO TV series "Westworld' by Nolan and Joy. If you don't know about it, the series is about a Wild West-themed amusement park populated by 'androids' - also called 'Hosts' who live in the park. It becomes quickly apparent that the park functions as an escape from the conformities... Continue Reading →