Entries by Robert Berezin

The Yearly event… Dickens’ “Christmas Carole”, A Psychiatric primer of Character and Redemption

  Forty-three years before Freud arrived on the scene with the Interpretation of Dreams, Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol. He taught us all we need to know about character formation, the effects of trauma, and the healing process of mourning. This most illuminating story prefigures the Psychotherapy of Character and is an exemplar of […]

Why Do We Love Sad Music? Mourning Our Pain

 As an experiment, my son and I asked the following question on Facebook ”Looking for the sad song you love to listen to when you’re down. Open to any and all genres. ” We received 71 responses in 24 hours. Each person sent their go-to music, or even long playlists. All were very enthusiastic about this […]

A Hit Documentary Exposes Psychiatry’s Past Failures

Stranger Than Fiction The documentary Three Identical Strangers by filmmaker Tim Wardle takes us (spoiler alert!) from fun and frothy to a surprising left turn about the evils of human experimentation. The film raises moral questions that lead us, unsuspectingly, to a very dark place. When Bobby Shafran went off to college at age 19, he was […]

The Real Story of PTSD

I was driving in Cambridge in a blinding snow storm on Thanksgiving Day, 1970. When I braked to slow down, my car didn’t stop, it just kept on skidding. I slowly continued on. When I approached the stop light at Memorial Hall, I braked far in advance of the light and skidded twenty feet until […]