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About Critical Models

Psychoanalysis, Philosophy, Theology, Politics

“What business have I in the woods, if I am thinking of something out of the woods?”
Henry David Thoreau

"2 Models Critical" Drawing in black and white.

I am a third year Masters of Counseling Psychology student, studying psychoanalysis and training to become a therapist. I am formally educated in philosophy, theology, religion, and psychoanalysis. My education is unauthorized in every other area. As I do not want future clients to discover my work (at least easily), I go here, and elsewhere, by the moniker “TSL”.

This is a site about psychoanalysis, philosophy, theology, and politics.

Now.

Somewhere hosted by the top one percent of one percent of one percent earners in the world.

Everything here is inspired primarily by Theodor Adorno, W. R. Bion, Raymond Carver, Sigmund Freud, Denise Levortov, Soren Kierkegaard, Karl Marx, Henry David Thoreau, Melanie Klein, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Simone Weil, Max Horkheimer, and Donald Meltzer, in no particular order, among many others. I am also heavily indebted, intellectually and emotionally, to the British object relations tradition of psychoanalysis.

Excursus on the Question of Human Flourishing

Is the grammar of the question, “What is human flourishing,” as if the answer belongs in the dimension of abstract reasoning or the objective realm of science—an ideal structure of being logically possible no matter the conditions of the world; or a historical precedent established by a few gurus and soothsayers achievable, despite global threats to life unrealized or imminent, to those willing to “put in the work”—another ironic symptom of how nearly impossible and unimaginable changing the material conditions of human suffering is today? The question evokes even in the most educated an answer restricted to the psychological. Concepts of “integration,” “attachment,” “ego strength,” “relationship,” and “differentiation” are roused in response. How can this make sense, if it is true, if it has ever been true, that a threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere? Is the inclination to answer this question on a psychological level a symptom of broader social pathology? If the whole world should burn, is the person who is psychologically balanced, at peace, whole within themselves, flourishing?