The Psyche and the World Outside

Instructor:  J. Todd Dean, MD

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Date: Thursday, April 12, 2018

Time:  7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Institute Classroom A 8820 Ladue Rd., 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO 63124

This course is available via Distance Learning.  Details HERE.

Course Level:  Advanced

Fee: $35.00

This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for: 1.5 Credit Hours

Why are eating disorders so much more prevalent today than they were a few decades ago?  Why does mental illness afflict the poor so much more than the affluent?  Why do college students engage mental health services far more today than they did even ten years ago?  Why is suicide epidemic among war veterans after 9/11?

There are many different theories of what causes mental illness, from genetic disturbances to chemical imbalances to Oedipal disturbances and imbalances, and beyond.  But, given the evidence, it is hard to argue that there is not something in the here-and-now of social life that influences at least the prevalence of mental disturbances at any given time.  In the 1930s a group of German intellectuals, including Theodor Adorno and Erich Fromm, among others, began theorizing how the world outside influenced the inner one.  In this lecture, I hope to touch on how the psychic life of the individual is effected by the Big (Br)Other that this larger world means for all of us.


  • To distinguish the ways in which theoretical perspectives influence the understanding of symptoms in mental illness, and the ways in which that understanding influences treatment decisions.
  • To reevaluate the criteria for clinical outcome

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