Rendering Unconscious is a podcast about psychoanalysis, culture and more hosted by Dr. Vanessa Sinclair, a psychoanalyst from New York City, now based in Stockholm. Dr. Sinclair sees patients internationally, specializing in online and remote treatment for entrepreneurs, creatives and business people who travel, offering continuity and quality of care for modern people on the go, as well as for those who are home-bound or live in remote locations and may not otherwise have access to psychoanalytic treatment.

This episode is a lecture by Dr. Sinclair entitled “The Crusade Against Magical Thinking” given at Re-writing the Future: 100 Years of Esoteric Modernism and Psychoanalysis, Brunnenburg Castle in Merano, Italy, June 1, 2019. Dr. Kasper Opstrup introduces Dr. Sinclair in this episode. For more about the conference, please visit

A version of this talk was first presented at the conference Psychoanalysis and Politics: Colonial Fantasies, Violent Transmission, organized by Dr. Lene Auestad, held at the Swedish Psychoanalytic Association, Stockholm, May 10-12, 2019.

Dr. MJ Maher and Dr. Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold are quoted in this episode.

Dr. Sinclair is the editor of Rendering Unconscious: Psychoanalytic Perspectives, Politics & Poetry (Trapart Books, 2019), On Psychoanalysis and Violence: Contemporary Lacanian Perspectives (Routledge, 2018) co-edited with Dr. Manya Steinkoler, and The Fenris Wolf, vol 9  (Trapart, 2017) co-edited with Carl Abrahamsson. Dr. Sinclair is the author of Switching Mirrors (Trapart Books, 2016) and is currently working on Scansion in Psychoanalysis and Art: Another Royal Road forthcoming from Routledge (2020).

Dr. Sinclair facilitates lectures, events and conferences internationally and is a founding member of Das Unbehagen: A Free Association for Psychoanalysis.

Listen to previous talks by Dr. Sinclair:

RU28: Vanessa Sinclair discusses Rendering Unconscious, the book with publisher Carl Abrahamsson

RU4: Vanessa Sinclair presents “Cutting up the Image of the Father/ Reconstructing the Third”

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The song at the end of the episode is “I’m in Love with a Witch” by Carl Abrahamsson remixed by knifesex from the album  The Larval Stage of a Bookworm (Remixed)
Photos by Carl Abrahamsson.