Articles by: David Ferraro

Author Biography:

Dr David Ferraro is a psychoanalyst and clinical psychologist working in Melbourne. He is a longstanding member and former president of the Lacan Circle of Australia.

After the Inferno: Mental health, children and families in the wake of the pandemic

The crippling anxiety, depression, attentional and other difficulties of the populace constitute real limits, of the sort that arise when something is lacking symbolically.

The Problem with ‘Lived Experience’: Psychoanalysis, Subjectivity, Ideology

Arguments from experience The ideas of psychoanalysis and its founder, Sigmund Freud, have long been assimilated into both popular culture and academic discourse. This assimilation has been so comprehensive that in the Anglophone world—though not necessarily elsewhere—these ideas have been relegated to the status of historical relics, discredited museum pieces that have been replaced by […]

Sham Diagnosis

...denial of care to a particular group of patients is not the application of some apolitical, medical procedure. It is thoroughly reactionary, and continues the worst traditions of psychiatric care, updated for the neoliberal age.

Informit: The jargon of authenticity

Mindfulness and positive psychology as ideology. Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative: 'try not to think'. It would be tempting, perhaps, to describe 'positive psychology' as the latest fad in a discipline not short of buzzwords and passing fashions. Tempting, but not true, since this particular trend has thoroughly infiltrated almost every form of psychotherapeutic mental-health treatment, and many other areas besides, and is implemented in the corporate world, the public sector and educational settings.…