Originally appeared in the Boston Book Review
The banal is a cover story. . .
Psychoanalysis, like religion and medicine, turns panic into meaning. . .
If we banned the word love it would be interesting to see what we found ourselves saying (and doing) to each other. . .
A phobia, like a psychoanalytic theory, is a story about where the wild things are. . .
HB: There's such a stripping down of Freudianism in "Terrors and Experts," the reader can wonder, what's left? What makes your work Freudian at all?
AP: I'm certainly a believer in, take seriously, transference, dream work, repression, all the defenses, certainly the centrality of sexual desire, so no, I would think of my work as very Freudian. But that doesn't imply obeisance to Freud. My interest in Freud is to have something I can use to make something of my own with.