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The Walrus » Why Psychoanalysis Matters

April 2, 2010

If you’re a Sopranos fanand interested in psychotherapy, you should read this well written article in The Walrus

But, almost single-handedly, The Sopranos has made the talking cure sexy again. It has turned klieg lights on the unconscious, spawned a flurry of academic treatises analyzing the import of psychoanalysis, and heightened public awareness about how the psychoanalytic process works. As a result of Tony’s twice-weekly appointments, many therapists have reported an increase in male patients. The show is such a brilliant advertisement for what contemporary psychoanalytic psychotherapy is all about, and Melfi such a dead ringer for the genuine article, that at their annual convention in December 2001, the American Psychoanalytic Association gave Lorraine Bracco, who plays Melfi, a special award for portraying “the most credible psychoanalyst ever to appear in the cinema or on television.”

The Walrus » Why Psychoanalysis Matters » Psychoanalysis History » Culture.


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