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THE MIND AS AN INSTRUMENT, by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

The mind can be played with the subtly and grace of a Stradivarius violin or as bullishly and aggressively as a bass drum. Listening to the voices from our unconscious is not an easy task. It means taking time to … Continue reading

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU HAVE NOTHING TO SAY TO YOUR PSYCHIATRIST? by Art Smukler, author and psychiatrist

I’m sitting in my psychiatrist’s office and my mind’s a blank. Nothing in there. After a minute of silence I say, “It’s costing a fortune to just sit here. I have nothing to say.” The doctor nods, not in an … Continue reading

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IS THE PSYCHOANALYTIC COUCH THE FASTEST WAY TO REACH YOUR UNCONSCIOUS? by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

You know the one — black leather, you’re lying face-up, with your psychiatrist sitting behind you. You’re silent. No thoughts are coming to mind. “So what are your thoughts?” the doctor asks. “Nothing. My mind’s a blank… I didn’t feel … Continue reading

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