How to be Intimate with 15,000,000 Strangers is an investigation into how the fields of mental health and media can work together more collaboratively.
Drawing upon his extensive experience in media psychoanalysis, Brett Kahr explores how a rich collaboration with radio, television, film, and other forms of public outreach can be accomplished while also embracing the weight and gravitas of depth psychology. In addition to describing his work as Resident Psychotherapist at the B.B.C., Kahr also examines the ways in which references to the media enter the consulting room and provide clinicians with important insights about hidden aspects of the minds of their patients. Moreover, he investigates the historical hesitancy of psychoanalysts - experts in confidentiality - to engage with such a public arena as the media, thus providing important insights about how one can collaborate broadly and loudly while also maintaining one's ethical commitment to silence and privacy.
This book will be of interest to psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, and anyone intrigued by the intersection between media and psychoanalysis.