Edison Miyawaki Explains How Freud's Love of Stories Helps Explain Modern Psychology

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For Immediate Release:
November 1, 2012
Contact: Robert Butler
Edison Miyawaki Explains How Freud's Love of Stories Helps Explain Modern Psychology

Why, in 2012, should we still be interested in the life and theories of Sigmund Freud?

Edison K. Miyawaki offers a new appreciation of the "father of psychoanalysis" in What to Read on Love, not Sex: Freud, Fiction, and the Articulation of Truth in Modern Psychological Science on Thursday, November 15, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

In his witty, tongue-in-cheek presentation, Miyawaki (of Harvard Medical School and a resident of Kansas City) offers a fresh look at what makes human love both beautiful and so very complex. Building on Freud's affection for stories culled from our collective cultural past -- stories that Freud thought might explain psychology even in a science-dominant time -- Miyawaki re-explores Freud's intellectual career.

Yale professor and premiere literary critic Harold Bloom describes What to Read on Love, Not Sex... as "a heartening and moving reconsideration of Freud's legacy."

Miyawaki is an assistant professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and an attending neurologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He is a former Laughlin Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists. His areas of medical interest include movement disorders and the interface of neurology and psychiatry.

He has authored more than 50 articles, chapters, and reviews in professional journals and has written on scientific subjects for general readers in The Atlantic Monthly, The American Scholar and The Yale Review.

Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP at kclibrary.org or call 816.701.3407.

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