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  • About the Authors

Erik Craig is an independent scholar and existential psychologist in Santa Fe, New Mexico. After receiving a doctorate from Boston University, he studied and collaborated with the existential psychoanalyst, Paul Stern, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Medard Boss and colleagues in Zurich. He is interested in developing systematic, phenomenological–hermeneutic grounds for existential approaches to depth psychology and psychotherapy. Serving on the editorial boards of several seminal journals in humanistic and existential psychology, he edited two groundbreaking issues of The Humanistic Psychologist: Psychotherapy for Freedom: The Daseinsanalytic Way in Psychology and Psychoanalysis (1988) and Depth, Death and Dialogue: New Inquiries in Existential Depth Psychotherapy (2008). He can be contacted via e-mail at

Morris N. Eagle is Professor Emeritus, Derner Institute for Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University and Distinguished Educator-in-Residence, California Lutheran University. Most recent books include From Classical to Contemporary Psychoanalysis: A Critique and Integration. New York: Routledge (2011) and Attachment and Psychoanalysis: Theory, Research, and Clinical Implications. New York: Guilford Press (2013). He can be contacted via e-mail at

Edwin L. Hersch is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist in private practice in Toronto, Canada. He is also an Adjunct Faculty Member in the History and Theory of Psychology Program at York University. His scholarly interests are in the interface areas of philosophy, psychiatry, and psychology, with an emphasis on phenomenology. He has written and presented extensively, his major work being the book: From Philosophy to Psychotherapy: A Phenomenological Model for Psychology, Psychiatry, and Psychoanalysis (2003). Recent writings include “Fact and Value” in the Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology (ed. T. Teo, 2014). He can be contacted via e-mail at

Kym Maclaren is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. Working within the phenomenological tradition and specializing in Merleau-Ponty’s thought, her research focuses on philosophical psychology. Most of her published articles explore the embodied, emotional, and social conditions of selfhood and human development. Her most recent work is on intimacy and embodiment, and includes reflections on the essential role that embodiment plays in various forms of intimacy, and the role that intimacy plays in personal transformation. She can be contacted via e-mail at

René J. Muller is currently working on a guide to diagnosing mental illness based on the psychobiology of Adolf Meyer and the Johns Hopkins perspectives of psychiatry. He is the author, most recently, of Doing Psychiatry Wrong: A Critical and Prescriptive Look at a Faltering Profession [End Page 159] and Psych ER: Psychiatric Patients Come to the Emergency Room. He can be contacted via e-mail at

James Phillips is a psychiatrist in private practice and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the Yale School of Medicine. He has published widely in the area of philosophy and psychiatry. A current publication is Making the DSM-5: Concepts and Controversies, Springer Press (2013), coedited with Joel Paris, MD. He can be contacted via e-mail at

M. Guy Thompson is Personal and Supervising Analyst and Faculty member, Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, and Adjunct Professor, Alliant International University and the California Institute of Integral Studies, all in San Francisco. He is the author of more than 100 journal articles and book reviews on phenomenology, psychoanalysis, and schizophrenia, as well as four books, The Death of Desire (1985), The Truth About Freud’s Technique (1994), The Ethic of Honesty (2004), and soon to be released, The Legacy of R. D. Laing (Ed.), published by Routledge (Routledge is also publishing a completely revised and expanded edition of Dr. Thompson’s first book, The Death of Desire: An Existential Study in Sanity and Madness, to appear in 2015). Dr. Thompson spent many years in London working with R. D. Laing, where he received his psychoanalytic training at the Philadelphia Association. He has lectured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Great Britain, Spain, and Australia over the past thirty years, and currently lives in San Rafael, California. He can be contacted via e-mail at

Angelica Tratter is a clinical psychologist and supervisor in private practice. She...


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