Psychoanalysis and Culture

Analytic Flicks

A large cadre of participants has been meeting for many years at the monthly Analytic Flicks. The discussion, led by the psychoanalyst who has selected the film for the group, is heated at times and always interesting. Often, insights evolve as one person and then another offers comments. While the story told in the film is always important, thoughts about the cinematography, music and the original book if adapted for the film, all converge on center stage.

Discussions are offered as a benefit to Friends of the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center, but seating in limited, so please reserve a place by calling (216) 229-5959 or emailing Participants are invited to join the Friends of the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center before attending or give Analytic Flicks a try and join at one of our events. Discussions are held at the Center. Friends may opt into an email list to receive notices of upcoming discussions, so that participants may arrange to view the designated films prior to discussion. You may also check the Calendar of Events for the Analytic Flicks schedule. We welcome new Friends!

To be added to the e-mail broadcast list for the next discussion, please call the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center at 216-229-5959 or e-mail

Challenges Series

The second major program for the Friends is a series of monthly Challenges Series (formerly known as “Mini-Lectures”), followed by discussion and exchanges between the audience and lecturer. The lecturers have included college professors, who may also be linguists and historians, writers, a psychoanalyst, a media expert and the President of the Cleveland Institute of Music.*

In 2013-2014, some lecture topics were:

  • “The Index to Jewish Periodicals: An Enduring Retirement Project” by Lenore and Harry Koppel
  • “Anchors Aweigh: One Man’s Approach to Life and Aging” by Donald Fribourg, and
  • “A Midwife’s Power in a Man’s World” by Samuel Thomas, Ph.D., others were examples of applied psychoanalysis.

Common themes such as competitiveness, guilt, curiosity, creativity, and sweeping changes in mass communication, philosophy of mental health treatment and the classical music world were developed in:

  • “Irving Berlin, and American Icon” by Carol Kaufman
  • “Alice Munro: Unpretentious Nobel Laureate” by Mrs. Micki Brook
  • “Windows into the Worlds of D.w. Griffith & Cecil B. DeMille: Freudian and Jungian perspectives” by Carl F, Rak, Ph.D., LPCC-S
  • “The Dualities of a Medical Treatment: Early Electroconvulsive Therapy in the United States” by Jonathan Sadowsky, Ph.D.
  • “Breaking with Tradition: Ohio Women Artists” by Christine Fowler Shearer, M.A., and,
  • “A Unique Way of Coping with a Progressive Disease” by Marc Jaffe, comedian and writer

*Although educational, the Challenges Series do not confer continuing education credits.

Friends of the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center

The Friends of the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center form a direct connection between the community at large and the Center. The Friends support the Center financially and through their enthusiastic participation in programs planned for them by the Friends’ Advisory Committee. They represent a wide variety of backgrounds, ages and interests. However, they are linked by their curiosity about psychoanalysis, particularly as it has become interwoven with everyday life.

The Friends of the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center was founded by the late Dr. Rachel Baker, psychoanalyst, who also developed two popular Friends programs that hold monthly events, Analytic Flicks and Challenges Series. Under Dr. Baker’s leadership, the Friends spearheaded fund drives which included Teas at the Ritz and programs featuring nationally acclaimed Richard Kogan, M.D., who illustrated his discussions of the psychological contributions to the creativity of great composers by playing pertinent music on the piano. Members of the Friends Advisory Committee include Don Baker, Jane Belkin, Barbara Berman, Marvin Brook, Micki Brook, Betsey Kamm, Stephen Kamm, Jane Kessler, Toni Miller and Sara Tucker, chair. The Friends annual membership drive takes place in September, but membership applications are welcome on a rolling basis.

Be a friend of the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center

  • Join with others who support the need for psychodynamic therapy as a treatment modality in our community
  • Participate in interesting lectures and discussions, such as the monthly Friends movie discussion
  • Receive invitations to Center Scientific Meetings and other events
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