Rendering Unconscious Podcast welcomes psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and professor Dr. Vamik Volkan to discuss his brand new book Large-Group Psychology: Racism, Societal Divisions, Narcissistic Leaders and Who We Are Now (Phoenix Publishing House, 2020).

Vamik D. Volkan is an Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia, an Emeritus Training and Supervising Analyst at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, and the Senior Erik Erikson Scholar at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. He is the president of the International Dialogue Initiative and a former president of the International Society of Political Psychology, the Virginia Psychoanalytic Society, and the American College of Psychoanalysts. He received the Sigmund Freud Award given by the city of Vienna in collaboration with the World Council of Psychotherapy, and in 2015 received the Sigourney Award, honouring achievements for the advancement of psychoanalysis.

The film Vamik’s Room by Molly Castelloe

Film Psychology of Migration by Ferhat Atik

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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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Vanessa Sinclair, Psy.D. is a psychoanalyst based Stockholm, who sees clients internationally, specializing in offering quality psychoanalytic treatment remotely and online. This may be of interest for freelancers, students, people of varying abilities and those who live rurally and may not otherwise have access to psychoanalytic treatment, those who work from home, have small children, or may be homebound. This is also a useful framework for people with active lifestyles โ€“ entrepreneurs, creatives, business people, actors, ex-pats โ€“ offering continuity of care for people on the go.

The track at the end of the episode is Belle de Jour by Vanessa Sinclair and Carl Abrahamsson from the forthcoming album dedicated to Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge.

Many thanks to Carl Abrahamsson, who created the intro and outro music for Rendering Unconscious podcast.

Portrait of Dr. Vamik Volkan

Cover art for Dr. Volkan’s latest book Large-Group Psychology: Racism, Societal Divisions, Narcissistic Leaders and Who We Are Now (Phoenix Publishing House, 2020).