UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior

The Mind of Watergate, 1980

“The Watergate complex” is more than a group of apartment buildings in Washington.  It is a complex, I suggest, in the mind of man.  “The Watergate” with its ramifications is as much a complex as “the Oedipus.”  From each complex, mechanisms can be seen undiluted which can then be understood in more attenuated and disguised […]

My Life in Theory, 2004

This is a rare autobiographical history written from the center of the inner circle of psychoanalysis. Today, only a few psychoanalysts remain who have Dr. Rangell’s unique, insider’s view of the last half century of psychoanalytic history. His close associations with the major contributors to theory during this time permit him to chronicle the constant […]

The Road to Unity in Psychoanalytic Theory, 2006

“[W]hen Freud informed Fleiss in a letter in 1897 that he now discovered that it may not have been actual seduction that was so universally responsible for his patients’ neuroses but unconscious fantasies of having been seduced, he faced a major fork in the road….did he add unconscious fantasy to his earlier discovery of seduction […]

Music in the Head: Living at the Brain-Mind Border, 2009

“This book is about that bodily or mental condition or experience that has become part of me, and that I believe will reverberate to many people….The music is there the moment I have the thought of listening for it, before I can start an active process of listening.  I am not even always sure that […]