Patterns of Paranoia: Schizophrenic patient; anti-vaccine campaigns; Trumpism

  • Thursday, January 21, 2021
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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Patterns of Paranoia: Schizophrenic patient; anti-vaccine campaigns; Trumpism

Featuring Volney Gay, Ph.D.

Thursday, 21 January 2021
7:00pm--8:30pm on Zoom

$10 for non-members; no additional cost to members
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A central theme of psychodynamic psychotherapy is identification of recurring themes and patterns. This is the third of the seven "distinctive features" of psychodynamic technique enumerated by Shedler. He wrote,

Psychodynamic therapists work to identify and explore recurring themes and patterns in patients’ thoughts, feelings, self-concept, relationships, and life experiences. In some cases, a patient may be acutely aware of recurring patterns that are painful or self-defeating but feel unable to escape them (e.g., a man who repeatedly finds himself drawn to romantic partners who are emotionally unavailable; a woman who regularly sabotages herself when success is at hand). In other cases, the patient may be unaware of the patterns until the therapist helps him or her recognize and understand them.

We invite you to take part in seven meetings, one each month, beginning in September, 2020. The starting point for these meetings is Johnathan Shedler’s seminal article, “The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy” (2010). (Shedler's 2010 article and other related articles are available for free download from A panel (Robertson, Harris, and Waide) and various special guests will guide each discussion. For the January meeting, our featured speaker will be Volney Gay, Ph.D. who describes his presentation as follows:

We discuss three instances of paranoid reasoning: a video of a young man undergoing psychiatric assessment; a brief history of anti-vaccine campaigns going back 100 years; and Trump’s ongoing exploitation of American delusions. President Trump will leave the White House on January 20th. Trumpism--his brand of fascism--will remain. Trumpism rests upon four traditional delusions: White Supremacy; the Lost Cause; religious Fundamentalism; and American Exceptionalism. To these delusions, Trump added a new one: the Stolen Election. Various courts will deal with Trump. Dealing with Trumpism is our collective task as citizens and as clinicians.

Registration on this website is required (if you're having difficulties registering, contact John Waide,, along with a $10.00 fee for non-members of the organization. Meetings will begin at 7:00PM and end at 8:30PM. We recommend that you read the Shedler article, which you can download here.


Volney Gay, PhD, is a member of the American  Psychological Association, the American Psychoanalytic Association, Supervising and Training Analyst, St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute, and Professor Emeritus at Vanderbilt University.  He has published nine books; the most recent is "On the Pleasures of Owning Persons: the Hidden Face of American Slavery."

Marsha Robertson, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker and certified psychoanalyst in private practice in Nashville. She serves on the faculty of St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute where she is a training and supervising analyst. In 2001, she along with John Waide, PhD started the Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program of Nashville, acting as co-director for twelve years.

G. Channing Harris, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in Colorado.  He completed the Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy program in 2012. 

John Waide, Ph.D., LCSW is a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst in private practice. A graduate of the Saint Louis Psychoanalytic Institute, in 2001 he co-founded (with Marsha Robertson, LCSW) the Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (APP) program of the Nashville Center for Psychoanalysis & Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (NC3P) and served as co-director for many years.

* A Certificate of Continuing Education is offered for those who complete this educational event. They may or may not be recognized by some professional organizations and licensing agencies. After completing registration you will receive instructions on how to receive a certificate of continuing education.

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