Dr. Karyne Messina’s Newsletter — Issue #12: Casualties of War

Remembering the Women and Children of Ukraine

Prayers for Ukraine

From the Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family in Washington D.C. Also available here in Ukrainian and English:

Poem: “Arms and the Boy,” by Wilfred Owen

Let the boy try along this bayonet-blade

Our Democracy in Peril: An Excerpt from “Resurgence”

How do democratically elected leaders go authoritarian? Splitting and projective identification are major contributors to what drives leaders accumulate power at all costs. Below, an excerpt from my forthcoming book, Resurgence of Global Populism: A Psychoanalytic Study of Blame-Shifting and the Corruption of Democracy (Routledge, 2022).

Mental Health Notes

If you or someone you know has been struggling to find mental health counseling, it’s not a figment of your imagination: many therapists, especially in coastal and urban areas, are at capacity. The American Psychological Association recently surveyed its members and found that the mental health crisis was only worsening, yet, 65% of respondents indicated that they have no capacity for taking on new patients. Burnout, work-life balance, and changes in demand were part of the survey and revealed that, though demand is soaring, supply just isn’t there.

Green Notes: Developments and Setbacks

What Does the Russian Oil Ban Mean for the Clean Energy Transition? — Inside Climate News

Reading List, Ukraine Edition

Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka, by Nikolai Gogol.



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Karyne Messina

Karyne Messina

I'm a psychologist and psychoanalyst focusing on helping people heal from toxic relationships