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EP27 – Freud, panic attacks, and World Wars [w/ Brian Sharpless]

We knew this episode will take a turn for the weird because our guest is Brain Sharpless, a clinical psychologist with a special interest in strange psychological disorders.

We started off talking about Freud and we went all the way to the following topics:

  • Do clinical psychologists really sit in armchairs smoking pipes?
  • How can a person suffering from panic attacks get better in a couple of sessions?
  • What’s the evidence that psychotherapy works at all?
  • What good news about human nature can we derive from the two World Wars?

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About our guest

Brian Sharpless currently holds a visiting research fellowship at Goldsmiths, University of London and was formerly on faculty at Pennsylvania State University, Washington State University, and the American School of Professional Psychology. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology and MA in philosophy from Pennsylvania State University and completed post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Sharpless has broad interests in abnormal psychology and psychotherapy. He has published articles and chapters on common and lesser-known disorders, psychodynamic therapy, professional issues, and the history/philosophy of clinical psychology. His three books, Sleep Paralysis: Historical Psychological, and Medical Perspectives (co-authored with Dr. Karl Doghramji), Unusual and Rare Psychological Disorders: A Handbook for Clinical Practice and Research, and Psychodynamic Therapy Techniques: A Guide to Expressive and Supportive Interventions are all available through Oxford University Press. This research has been featured on TV, radio, and in other media outlets and he is a frequent speaker at conferences and public events in the United States and abroad.

Brian has given 3 talks in Sofia and if you like the podcast you can watch them here:

About the podcast

Ratio Podcast is a program for intellectually curious people. We’re having informal conversations, connected with or inspired by science. Bear in mind, we’re not experts on basically anything – but thankfully most of our guests are.

You can check out more episodes via RSS, in StitcheriTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify and SoundCloud. Most episodes are in Bulgarian, but we do interviews with international guests, as well.