Dr. Frank, a psychoanalyst and teacher in Washington DC, will use applied psychoanalysis to enrich our understanding of the 44h President as he has engaged the conflicts of his second term. Frank will share his insights on how Obama's childhood experiences have shaped his character, political philosophy and behavior. He will also provide insight into the psychodynamic causes of the passionate admiration and hatred Obama’s presidency provokes.
- Identify 3 significant aspects of Barack Obama’s early upbringing that affected his character development and subsequent political behavior.
- Discuss the relevance of applied psychoanalytic work to understanding political and social phenomena.
- Identify projective elements that contribute to the passionate admiration and hatred Obama’s presidency provokes.
- Describe how Obama’s diverse cultural experiences are manifested in his political career, and their contribution both to his own behavior and to the reactions of his opponents.
Justin Frank, M.D., a nationally known lecturer on topics that include family therapy, Kleinian theory, psychoanalytic approaches to culture & specifically Shakespearian theater and the films of Woody Allen - is co-director of the Metropolitan Center for Object Relations in New York. He completed his psychiatric residency at the Harvard Medical School where he was Chief Resident at the Cambridge Hospital. Frank was later awarded the DuPont-Warren Fellowship by the Massachusetts General Hospital. A clinical professor of psychiatry at the George Washington University Medical Center, Dr. Frank maintains a private practice in Washington, D.C. In addition to his studies of our 43rd and 44th Presidents, Dr. Frank has written regular columns for Time.com and is a contributor to the Daily Beast and the Huffington Post.