Robert M Gordon PhD, ABPP Psychoanalyst
Dr. Messina’s book could not be better timed. The nation and the world has been thrown into a state of anger, paranoia and divisiveness with Trump’s psychopathology. Trump has been voted out of office but a recent survey by the Pew foundation found that nearly 80% of Americans now say they have “just a few” or no friends at all who support the other presidential candidate. Many say it’s beyond policy disagreements — they see their differences as basic morality that can’t be overlooked. Dr. Messina offers a path toward healing with the deep insights that can be provided by psychoanalytic thought. Dr. Messina is scholarly, but also a rare engaging writer. This book is a pleasure to read as well as extremely valuable. I was able to treat my patients with a borderline personality organization by learning about their primitive defenses. Those who identify with Trump often use those same defenses. If you want to understand such people, then reading this book will help.
Harry Gill, MD, Ph
Dr. Messina’s latest book entitled Aftermath: Healing from the Trump Presidency couldn’t be timelier or prescient. Here we are on election day, it’s early in the day of the November 3rd., and Dr. Messina has clearly and concisely described the psychological mechanisms that Donald Trump has used to rein havoc on our scared institutions and individuals. One such mechanism is projective identification, which she explains in layman’s terms as blame shifting. She goes far beyond the problems that Trump has caused by brilliantly setting a path towards healing, both as a nation and as individuals. Dr. Messina’s insights go far beyond Mr. Trump per se and can be applied to other major leaders in the private and public sectors. Her book is a fascinating read with insights that can be applied to our everyday encounters in our work life and in our personal relationships.
“Dr. Messina’s book takes up the worryingly persistent problem of misogyny. Marshaling several rich examples, she shows how the process of projective identification illuminates diverse manifestations of violence against women. Drawing on attachment theory, she explains how self-awareness and perspective taking can allow us to escape the grips of projective identification and potentially ameliorate the continuing prejudicial ways women are treated. This book makes an important contribution to further our understanding of the problem of misogyny.”
Dr. Sharma previously was part of a Counseling, Advisory & Redressal Center for Women and Children Survivors of Violence. The Center was a collaboration between state police and women activists to provide services to women and young girls who were victims of verbal, sexual, and emotional abuse in their family of origin. She is currently a staff psychologist at the Menninger Clinic in Houston Texas.
“In this important book, psychoanalyst, Dr. Karyne Messina, describes the damaging effects of what she calls the "emotional violence of silence", the deployment of power to erase the contribution of women throughout history. Today in the age of the “Me Too” movement, women are starting to speak out - but the rising tide of voices still has to combat a long history of systemic suppression. Understanding these forces has never been more timely. This book can help us break the cycle and usher in a new and necessary cultural shift.”
Maddie Grant is a culture consultant and digital strategist focusing on digital transformation, generational trends and internal and external engagement, Founding partner of a culture management firm that uses the Workplace Genome assessment to measure, analyze and activate workplace culture. Author of several business books including the Amazon’s best-seller category.
“Here Karyne Messina explores misogyny through a psychoanalytic lens. Familiar with many theoretical perspectives and using wide-ranging examples, she shows how psychoanalytic theories contribute to an understanding of misogyny’s unconscious roots and its potential for resolution. The reader is guaranteed a thoughtful, thorough and suspenseful journey through this timely topic.”
Helen Stein (retired ) was a psychologist practicing in New York City. She has been a consultant to the New York State Psychiatric Institute and is the author of, “Does Mentalization Promote Resilience?” In The Handbook on Mentalization-Based Treatment edited by Peter Fonagy and Joe Allen, renown experts in mentalization with whom she has written several articles.
"This book presents novel ideas that advance, not only the understanding of projective identification, but also concepts related to the aspects of work that promote improvement in psychotherapy that I have not seen before. I think that the topics of the book will be of universal interest to a variety of readers for many years as the issue of discrimination not only continues to be a struggle but in recent times, the "Me Too" movement gives these questions urgency. The book contains a very contemporary application of theory on social experience; it is likely to become a tour de force work."