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Theodore Isaac Rubin

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Nationality  American
Name  Theodore Rubin
Movies  David and Lisa
Spouse  Eleanor Katz
Role  Author
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Born  11 April 1923 (age 92) (1923-04-11)
Occupation  Writer, Pschotherapist.
Books  The Angry Book, Compassion & Self Hate, Anti‑Semitism, One to One: Understa, Lisa and David / Jordi / Litt
Similar People  Frank Perry, Eleanor Perry, Keir Dullea, Howard Da Silva, Janet Margolin

To Tell The Truth

Theodore Isaac Rubin (born April 11, 1923) is an American psychiatrist and author. Rubin is a past president of the American Institute for Psychoanalysis and the Karen Horney Institute for Psychoanalysis. He lives in New York City and is married to Eleanor Katz.


Life and career

He is a long-time contributing columnist to the Ladies' Home Journal (1972-?), and the author of more than twenty-five works of fiction and nonfiction. In 1962, director Frank Perry made the acclaimed film David and Lisa from Rubin's story "Lisa and David". The film was remade by entertainer Oprah Winfrey in 1998. His book Shrink, The Diary of a Psychiatrist, was written in the times of his residences in different psychiatric hospitals in the West Coast of the United States until his decision to move to New York.

For a clinician who rose to prominence within psychoanalysis during the heyday of what is known as "ego psychology" (a movement often criticized for its equation of mental health and conformity to normative American cultural values, exemplified by the pathologizing of homosexuality), Rubin is iconoclastic with regard to psychoanalytic and cultural orthodoxy. "Compassion and Self-Hate: an Alternative to Despair" (1975), while espousing traditional psychoanalytic notions of repression and defense, emphasizes the centrality of covert self-hate in the phenomenology of neurotic suffering, recommending consciously invoked compassion, a self-help approach which more closely resembles Tibetan Buddhism than Psychoanalysis. This dichotomy can be seen in at least one of two ways; as an opening of the psychoanalytic model to existential and spiritual phenomenology (see Epstein's "Thoughts Without a Thinker" for a recent exposition of the idea that psychoanalysis and Buddhist thought can be productively synchronized), or as an unacknowledged radical interrogation of core psychoanalytic assumptions (See DuQuesne's "Killing Freud" for a thorough discussion of this trend in analytic writing).


Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best
Kindness is important than wisdom - and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom
The problem is not that there are problems The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem


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