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When is a Dead Person Allowed to Become a Skull?

By Dr. Peter Maduro, J.D., Psy.D. - Tuesday, November 07, 2017

My friend Sanjay and I lamented the too-early death of the great MLB pitcher, Roy Halladay, age 40, whose dashing new ICON A5 airplane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico today, with Roy in it. It seemed like only yesterday that we’d watch, and occasionally wager on, Halladay when he pitched and won, game after game, for the Toronto Blue Jays and later the Philadelphia Phillies. He was an amazing baseball player who knew how to win games, including a “perfect game” in 2010. And yet now, suddenly, he was dead: gone forever.  

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The Meanings of Privation

By Dr. Peter Maduro, J.D., Psy.D. - Sunday, July 30, 2017

I have in mind all those people for whom one or another of their essential emotional needs meets with relentless privation. By “essential emotional needs” I mean, for example, the person’s needs that his or her painful feelings be seen, understood, and held as significant by important-others. By “privation” I mean a state of person’s relational environment --characterized by scarcity or lacking-- wherein there is little to no possibility that such essential needs can or will be met. In my perhaps idiosyncratic usage, deprivation is a state of scarce/negative possibility created by the withdrawal of possibility (possibility given is taken away), whereas privation is a state of scarce/negative possibility that was there from the beginning (possibility never given). 

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Self Psychology as Self Protection

By Dr. Peter Maduro, J.D., Psy.D. - Sunday, January 29, 2017

It seems that anyone can use anything for defensive purposes. For some time now, critical attention has been paid to psychoanalytic theories and constructs as products of the subjective emotional worlds of their creators. 

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