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Kim Chernin, PhD

Kim Chernin, Ph.D. has won acclaim for her numerous works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, including The Obsession: Reflections on the Tyranny of Slenderness, In My Mother’s House: A Memoir (Nominated for the Chronicle Critics Award and Chosen as Alice Walker’s Favorite Book of the Year in  the 1983 New York Times), The Flame Bearers (1986 New York Times Notable Book), The Woman Who Gave Birth to Her Mother, and the national best seller The Hungry Self: Women, Eating and Identity.

She has appeared on Phil Donahue, Good Morning America, the Charlie Rose Show and The Today Show, has been featured on dozens of radio stations across the U.S., including NPR, KQED Forum and Larry King Radio, and her articles have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Focus Magazine and Tikkun, and her work has been featured in New York Times Book Review, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle,Washington Post, LA Times, Newsday and more. She is a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts in Fiction and her work is being collected by the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe.

Kim works as a psychotherapist and writing consultant and lives in Northern California with her partner, Renate Stendhal.

Psychoanalysis is Alive and Well

Posted by Kim Chernin, PhD on 3/28/13 - 11:55 AM
Although we have evolved many schools since Freud articulated psychoanalytic theory at the turn of the 20th Century, in almost all of them conspicuous analytic features remain. These are so familiar that for the most part they exercise their dominance without our being aware of them or their origins. We may think psychoanalysis has been discredited and that almost no one practices it any longer, but there are ways psychoanalytic theory is present in our listening and thinking because of...

When East Doesn't Meet West: Buddhism and Psychotherapy

Posted by Kim Chernin, PhD on 2/26/13 - 5:21 PM
Two statements from the Dalai Lama suggest a conflict between the approach of Buddhist meditation and the type of self-awareness we develop in psychotherapy. The first statement has fascinated and puzzled me for decades. A friend, who meditates regularly, repeated to me that the Dalai Lama had said the following in conversation with an American psychiatrist: “When someone has been shot with an arrow you psychologists ask how the arrow got there, who shot it, how long ago, with what...
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