Lynne Layton , Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst and part-time faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She supervises at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis and teaches social psychoanalysis in the Department of Community, Liberation, Indigenous and Eco-Psychologies at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is the author of Who’s That Girl? Who’s That Boy? Clinical Practice Meets Postmodern Gender Theory , and co-editor of Narcissism and the Text: Studies in Literature and the Psychology of Self; Bringing the Plague. Toward a Postmodern Psychoanalysis; and Psychoanalysis, Class and Politics: Encounters in the Clinical Setting . From 2004–2018, she was co-editor of the journal Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society. She is Past-President of Section IX of Division 39, Psychoanalysis for Social Responsibility, and founder of Reflective Spaces/Material Places-Boston, a group of psychodynamic therapists committed to community mental health and social justice.

Her new book is Toward a Social Psychoanalysis: Culture, Character and Normative Unconscious Processes (Routledge, 2020)

APA, Division 39 Spring Meeting is mentioned in this episode.


Rendering Unconscious Podcast is hosted by psychoanalyst Dr. Vanessa Sinclair, who interviews psychoanalysts, psychologists, scholars, creative arts therapists, writers, poets, philosophers, artists and other creatives & intellectuals about their process, world events, the current state of mental health care, politics, culture, the arts & more.

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Rendering Unconscious: Psychoanalytic Perspectives, Politics & Poetry (2019) is available from Trapart Books.

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