Psychology for Lawyers

mia (a lawyer) in therapy
an introduction to neurosis


Daniel Goldman, "The Strange Agony of Success," New York Times (August 24, 1986) [online text]

An Introduction to the Neurotic

Ken Sanes, Psychoanalysis, Neurosis and the Self After Freud [online text]

"Neurosis," in Dino Franco Felluga, Critical Theory: The Key Concepts (New York: Routledge, 2015)

Maxson J. McDowell, Neurosis [online text]

"It's a Complex Life," in Daryl Sharp, Digesting Jung: Food for the Journey 9-12 (Toronto: Inner City Books, 2001) [online text of the entire book]

"The Driving Forces in Neuroses," in Karen Horney, Self-Analysis 37-72 (New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1942)

Karney NOrney, Our Inner Conflicts: A Constructive Theory of Neurosis 23-33(New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1945)

Alexander Lowen, Fear of Life 1-3, 8-10 (New York: Macmillan, 1980)

Franz Alexander, Fundamentals of Psychoanalysis 208-212(New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1948)

David Shapiro, Neurotic Styles 1-4, 15-22 (New York: Basic Books, 1965)

Class Video

Class Viewing 1: Review Mia's meeting with Paul Weston as his attorney. She admits to her former therapist that her "success" as a lawyer is not quite what it might seem to be to an outsider.

"Mia" (the lawyer) | In Treatment (HBO) | Season 2, Dk. 1, Episode 1 [the relevant part of the video to review is at 20:30 mins. to 21:58 mins.]

Class Viewing 2: "Mia" | In Treatment (HBO) | Season 2, Dk. 2, Episode 6 | 25:00 mins.

Class Viewing (Optional)(View if Time Permits): Happiness Is an Empty Promise [12:27 mins.] [Steven Hayes] [clinical psychologist, University of Nevada] [end course presentation at 6:30 mins.]

Class Viewing (Optional)(View if Time Permits): Jordan Peterson comments on High Achieving Women and the Search for a Mate [3 mins.] [June 2. 2017. Patreon Q & A #2] [2:17:15 mins.; the 3 min. clip runs from 52:23 mins to 55:20 mins.]

Class Viewing (Optional)(View if Time Permits): The Freudian Human Being [0:35 mins.]

Class Viewing (Optional)(View if Time Permits): Who Can Benefit from Psychoanalysis? [6:59 mins.] [Susan K. Moore, with Donald Craveth, Toronto Psychoanalytic Society] [end class presentation at 4:34 mins.]

Reference (On Being Neurotic)

"For Jung, the personality is constantly getting stuck in narrow limits, unable to move forward, and is menaced by an other, an antagonist who stand in its path. This other is what psychotherapy calls a neurosis, that is, an emotional disorder in which feelings of anxiety, obsessional thoughts, compulsive acts and physical complaints dominate the personality. The aim of therapy is not exactly to get rid of the neurosis, but to transform and deepened it by understanding why it arose in the first place.

typically, a neurosis emerges when a person's consciousness is not broad enough to encompass the contents of the psyche that demand to be lived and seek express."

—David Tacey, How To Read Jung 75 (New York: W.W. Norton & Co., First American ed., 2007)

On Being Neurotic
[web resources compiled for the course on the neurotic and neurosis]

Reference (Video)

Neurosis vs. Character Disturbance Dimension
[8:18 mins.]

A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis
[8:51:26 mins.] [a reading from Freud's book] [Freud's presentation of "the psychoanalytic conception of neurotic manifestation" begins at 7:56 mins.] [informative presentation of a case of obsessional jealousy can end at 27:54 mins.]

[22:03 mins.] [Susie Orbach and Maria Furtwängler discuss authenticity; 2011, Munich] [conversation begins at 5:00 mins.] [responds to a question about young women who have achieved success and find themselves in trouble]

The Psychology of Your Future Self
[6:49 mins.] [Dan Gilbert] [TED Talk]

"In Treatment": Mia
[9:35 mins.] Mia's pathogenic belief [3:10 mins.] [Mia comments on her rivalry with her mother] Mia talks about her feelings for Dr. Weston in her therapy with him some 20 years ago [9:58 mins.] Mia tells Paul that she is pregnant [7:22 mins.]

Reference (Women in a Corporate Culture)

Marleen O'Conner, Women Executives in Gladiator Corporate Cultures: The Behavioral Dynamics of Gender, Ego, and Power, 65 Maryland L. Rev. 465 (2006) [online text]


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