59 episodes

A podcast about psychoanalysis, politics, pop culture, and the ways we suffer now, featuring Abby Kluchin & Patrick Blanchfield

Ordinary Unhappiness Patrick & Abby

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 162 Ratings

A podcast about psychoanalysis, politics, pop culture, and the ways we suffer now, featuring Abby Kluchin & Patrick Blanchfield

    54: Wild Analysis: Challengers Teaser

    54: Wild Analysis: Challengers Teaser

    Subscribe to get access to the full episode, the episode reading list, and all premium episodes! www.patreon.com/OrdinaryUnhappinessAbby, Patrick, and Dan sit down for a postgame analysis of Luca Guadagnino’s new film “Challengers”, a torrid tale of a trio whose shared passion is tennis – and who would rather spend their days on the court than simply go to throuples therapy. The conversation ranges from tennis to desire to how desire is the desire of the Other and what exactly that means. Alo...

    • 2 min
    53: Broke Psychoanalysis: Harlem’s Lafargue Clinic feat. Kevin Duong

    53: Broke Psychoanalysis: Harlem’s Lafargue Clinic feat. Kevin Duong

    Patrick and Abby welcome politics professor Kevin Duong to discuss his research on the history of the Lafargue Clinic (1946-1958), an experiment in radical psychoanalysis aimed at providing free care to marginalized community members in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. Bringing together American notables like Richard Wright and Ralph Ellison alongside a colorful array of expatriate European clinicians, including antifascist partisans and refugees, the clinic sought to fuse Freud’s ca...

    • 1 hr 34 min
    52: Standard Edition Volume 1 Part 9: Repression is a Scorpio: The Final Fliess Extracts feat. Christine Smallwood Teaser

    52: Standard Edition Volume 1 Part 9: Repression is a Scorpio: The Final Fliess Extracts feat. Christine Smallwood Teaser

    Subscribe to get access to the full episode, the episode reading list, and all premium episodes! www.patreon.com/OrdinaryUnhappinessIn the final installment of the Fliess Extracts portion of the Standard Edition, we are joined by novelist and literary critic Christine Smallwood. These last letters see Freud really feeling himself as a stylist – and, not coincidentally, ruminating about masturbation, sexual dysfunction, and his mounting frustration with his interlocutor. We discuss the disinte...

    • 4 min
    51: Psychoanalysis and Gaza feat. Jess Ghannam

    51: Psychoanalysis and Gaza feat. Jess Ghannam

    Abby and Patrick welcome Palestinian psychoanalyst and psychologist Dr. Jess Ghannam to talk about his twenty-five years of work doing empirical research and carrying out public health initiatives in Gaza. They discuss his studies of mental health in refugees from across the Middle East and in Palestinian children; intergenerational histories of traumas both collective and individual; the limits of the “post-” in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when it comes to what is “normal” in space...

    • 1 hr 23 min
    50: Political Disappointment feat. Sara Marcus

    50: Political Disappointment feat. Sara Marcus

    Abby and Patrick are joined by academic, journalist, and critic Sara Marcus, author of the 2023 book Political Disappointment: A Cultural History from Reconstruction to the AIDS Crisis. After recalling their own experiences of political letdowns – infantile, adolescent, and all-too-recent – they explore how Sara’s notion of disappointment as “untimely desire” involves something other than disillusionment or a loss of faith. Rather, as Marcus explains, disappointment involves an ongoing relati...

    • 1 hr 12 min
    49: Wild Analysis: Civil War Teaser

    49: Wild Analysis: Civil War Teaser

    Subscribe to get access to the full episode, the episode reading list, and all premium episodes! www.patreon.com/OrdinaryUnhappinessWhile Abby’s voice is still gone, Dan and Patrick take in a film on opening day and subject it to some wild analysis. The movie is Civil War (2024), and, to hear director Alex Garland tell it, it’s a dire warning of how things could turn out in the US sometime soon. But to Dan and Patrick it’s also something else – at once a symptom, a product of underlying anxie...

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
162 Ratings

162 Ratings

AnnaFreud6969 ,

Thank you a, p, and d!

I never review anything but I must say - I have not felt this intellectually stimulated in forever. Thank you so much

rabidmoderate ,

Gaza

Where’s the analysis? I’m a psychiatrist trained in the psychodynamic tradition. I kept waiting for the guest to say something that was not a product of common sense and psychology 101. On your show, which I do like, people smuggle a lot in under the umbrella of psychoanalysis. I think you should acknowledge that or press guests to show more of a link between their work and analytic principles and practices. Thank you

JSaul1 ,

Solid show, one obvious weakness

Good show, but the episodes can be hit or miss. I’ve found the “hit” episodes are driven by Patrick Blanchfield’s interests and insights. The “misses” are episodes led by Abby. Patrick’s intellect is the key to what the show gets right. Abby feels more like a smart, talented, but ultimately average philosophy/gender studies professor. The varying caliber of the episodes can make it feel like two different shows. I’d advise letting Patrick drive more of the content.

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