Janet Malcolm was a journalist, writer, & explorer of words.
Her most famous quote:
“Every journalist who is not too stupid or too full of himself to notice what is going on knows that what he does is morally indefensible”.
Her writing on Psychoanalysis was the recording of an emergence, and awareness of words rather than a questioning. Suiting the writing about Psychonanalysis.
Her writing about the Psychoanalytic Profession in New York is an exercise of an acute mind picking up the humanaity and fraility of practititoners. The description of the heirarchy and how practitioners train, and find work shows how the profession is like any other. Competitive, back biting, and petty.
Going along with Freud’s own advertising of his creation: the outcome was a transforming of neurotic misery to common unhappiness. The writing uncovers a limited humanity of intention over outcome. Rather a reduction of misery, than a furthering of happiness.
Janet Malcolm July 8th 1934 – June 16th 2021
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