Lives of the Unconscious

Lives of the Unconscious

Podcast on Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

Episode 33.The Phantom of Emptiness. On the Psychodynamics of White Depression.

Lives of the Unconscious

In contrast to “black depression,” white depression denotes an often inconspicuous, insidious affliction that can last a lifetime. Its distinguishing quality is a feeling of meaninglessness and emptiness that is nearly impossible to grasp, even if everything in life actually appears to be working out and there is reason to be joyful. As if, despite all efforts, it was simply impossible to truly believe in anything at all, as if all love and enthusiasm were simply a stage play, acted out for others. What this is all about and where such feelings towards life can come from is the subject of this episode.

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Literature Recommendations

  • Green, A. (1986). The dead mother. In: On Private Madness, London: Hogarth Press, 142–173.
  • Rohde-Dachser, C. (2010). Schwermut als Objekt. Über Struktur und Inhalt der Borderline-Depression. Psyche, 9/10, 862–889.
  • Willoughby, R. (2001). “The Dungeon of Thyself”: The claustrum as patholog-ical container, The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 82:5, 917–931.

3 thoughts on “Episode 33.The Phantom of Emptiness. On the Psychodynamics of White Depression.”

  1. In this episode, you helped me to find language for something I have been experiencing all my life and failed to convey. Thank you.

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