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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

Pornography, Paparazzi, and Rooting for Duke

Joshua Ehrlich, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

As a comprehensive theory of the mind, psychoanalysis should be able to illuminate a wide range of human experiences. The purpose of this course is to draw on psychoanalytic ideas to address important everyday experiences that usually fall outside the purview of psychoanalytic theorists. We will aim to articulate precise answers, in jargon-free language, to such deceptively complex questions as these: Why do sports fans become exuberant when their teams win and despondent when they lose? Why are fantasy sports leagues so popular? What drives celebrity worship? Why are so many people drawn to pornography? What is the relationship between sexual fantasy, pornography, and sex crimes? How can we make sense of road rage? In grappling to find answers to these questions, we will also seek to enhance our understanding of our patients and the particular interests that absorb them. Readings will include: Letters to Penthouse; True Believers: The Tragic Inner Life of Sports Fans; The Sexual Life of Katherine M.; Heinz Kohut and Robert Stoller.

Thursdays: January 24, 31, February 7, 14, 21, March 6, 2008

7:30-9:00 p.m., Six Sessions, Fee: $150

9.0 CME and CE Credit Hours

Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute
204 East Washington
Ann Arbor