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Psychological Projection – When fiction becomes fact

If we’re all projecting onto one another, where is true, authentic relationship? – Lee Beach Lee Beach was a professor at Trent university. He taught psychology but was also interested in English literature. Dr. Beach’s reading list contained just about … Continue reading

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Freud, Objects and People – Why this elevator never reached the top floor

For Sigmund Freud, the object is something a subject directs energy toward in an attempt to gratify instinctual desires. Just how a person relates to the object depends on their psychological maturity. In Freudian theory the object usually refers to another … Continue reading


Erich Fromm and the “Mass Man”

Erich Fromm (1900-1980) was a German-born American psychologist and social thinker who is often linked to the Frankfurt school of critical theory. Fromm’s work combined different ideas from the works of Sigmund Freud, Karl Marx and J.-P. Sartre. Like Carl Jung, he … Continue reading

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Sign of the Cross – Sign of the Times?

Originally published in 2007 at Earthpages before we migrated to WordPress The other night Turner Classic Movies ran a wonderful 1930’s production called The Sign of the Cross. Basically it’s about early Christians being hunted down and persecuted in the … Continue reading



For Sigmund Freud transference is a psychological dynamic where mostly unconscious ideas and feelings associated with past figures or events are displaced onto current figures or events, thereby distorting current relationships. Charles Rycroft notes that Freud initially saw transference as inappropriate … Continue reading