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Pardes, H. (2014). The American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry. Psychodyn. Psych., 42(2):307-317.

(2014). Psychodynamic Psychiatry, 42(2):307-317

The American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry

Herbert Pardes, M.D.

I appreciate this opportunity to reflect on psychoanalysis and dynamic psychiatry in today's mental health care environment. Psychoanalysis and dynamic psychiatry were important parts of my training and practice. They have contributed to my understanding human behavior throughout my career.

I completed psychoanalytic training in 1970 at New York Psychoanalytic Institute, adding psychoanalysis to my psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy practice. While my career veered away from private practice, I have run clinics, hospital units, adolescent units, military outpatient departments, and enjoyed an academic career. I found practice interesting and fulfilling.

Human behavior fascinated me early. I had the unique experience of growing up in Catskills resort hotels. My father owned the Greenwood Hotel in Lakewood, New Jersey where I lived during the winter. He co-managed Catskills hotels where I spent summers.

Watching customers was fascinating. Mr. Weissman, learning there was special apple Strudel dessert, would request cherry Strudel. When Mr. Felstein arrived, he re-wiped all his silver, glasses, and dishes. Mrs. Millberg (200 pounds), sitting across from Mr. Millberg (125 pounds), finished her meal and started his. I wanted to laugh. After a period of interruption from hotel work, I returned as a waiter. One night a woman entered first as the dining room opened. My waiter colleague and I watched her approach a table and state loudly, “Where is my waiter; I want hot tea.” I said, “If she is on my station, I'll never work in a dining room again.” She was and my career as a waiter ended.

Years watching countless people with amusing and intriguing behavior made me want to understand them.

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