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By Lida Prypchan
“KNOW THYSELF” In 1897 Freud began what can be considered the most heroic act of his life – the psychoanalysis of his own unconscious. The ancient oracle of Delphi had from ancient times encouraged philosophers and thinking persons to pursue the maxim “Know thyself,” but unconsciously resisting,...

Art and ReligionBy Lida Prypchan
Vincent van Gogh was born into a clan that were adept at two things – religion and art. Traditionally, the male members of the family were expected to enter the art world or follow a calling into religious ministry. Vincent’s paternal grandfather, also named Vincent, obtained a degree of theology,...

By Lida Prypchan
In most books about how to improve memory the authors depict memory as a file with many drawers where we can classify and select what will go in each. We memorize something in a better or worse way, depending on the favorable or unfavorable impression that it produces in us. How can we not be interested...

By Lida Prypchan
Albert Einstein was a genius who spent much of his adult life serving as a teacher. Initially he couldn’t get into the engineering school he aspired to attend, but later taught even there. He fell in love with an older woman with whom he had a mentally challenged child, another who developed mental...

By Lida Prypchan
The year 1887 seems to have been a banner year for Vincent van Gogh. That spring, after moving from his brother, Theo’s, apartment to his own room in Asnieres, Paris, Vincent became acquainted with French neo-impressionist painter, Paul Victor Jules Signac. Signac developed the pointillist style of...

PP+A is a network of people from all walks of life who are interested in the relatedness between Psychiatry, Philosophy and the Arts.

We are interested in all aspects and points of views from mental health professionals, students, patients, and outside observers. We encourage the discussion of all philosophies including ancient or modern, new age, Eastern/Western, spirituality/religion and how they relate to overall artistic expression of the human condition through music, artworks, paintings, language/writing and creativity as a whole.

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