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Mind of State: Conversations on the Psychological Conflicts Stirring US Politics and Society

January 11th, 2024

1 Live Class | Offered Live via Zoom

Program Description

In the preface of their newly released book, Mind of State, based on the popular podcast by the same name ,co-authors Betty Teng and Thomas Singer write this: “so much of what is called political is, in fact, psychological, and so much of what is psychological has become political. The boundaries between the two are porous, and yet when you try to talk to politicians about psychology, they tend to go dumb—and when you try to talk to psychologists about politics, they tend to become as dogmatic as everyone else. The reality is a paradox: politics and psychology are all mixed up with one another and, at the same time, conversations about politics and psychology mix like oil and water.”

As we approach an election year in the US, we invite you to join us for this Pacifica Online Author Spotlight with Betty Teng and Dr. Thomas Singer as we discuss what they learned in circumambulating the many conversations from their popular podcast to uncover patterns and themes that illuminate some of the psychoanalytic roots of current sociopolitical divides. We will talk with them about what led them to write this book, what they learned in revisiting the many conversations from the original podcast series and how what they discovered is more relevant today as we head into yet another politically charged election year.

Program Details


January 11th, 2024

5:00 – 6:30 PM PST


  • Free

Program link will be sent out prior to the event. For those unable to attend live, the presentation will be recorded and the link shared after the event.


About the Teachers

Betty P. Teng, LCSW, MFA, is a psychoanalyst and trauma therapist who has worked with survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and childhood molestation at Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s Victims Services Program in Manhattan. She is one of the authors of the New York Times bestseller, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump. On December 1, a new book she edited, titled Mind of State: Conversations on the Psychological Conflicts Stirring U.S. Politics and Society will be released by Chiron Publications.

On the faculty of the Manhattan Institute of Psychoanalysis’s Trauma Studies program and its One Year Program on Psychoanalysis in the Sociopolitical World, Betty currently sees couples and adults in private practice.

Thomas Singer, M.D., is a psychiatrist and Jungian analyst in private practice in San Francisco. Dr. Singer’s newest book is entitled Mind of State: Conversations on the Psychological Conflicts Stirring U.S. Politics and Society which has been co-edited with fellow contributors to The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump. Dr. Singer is the editor of a series of books which explore cultural complexes in different parts of the world, including The Cultural Complex, Australia (Placing Psyche), Latin America (Cultural Complexes of Latin America), Europe (Europe’s Many Souls), North America ( Cultural Complexes and the Soul of America), and Southeast Asia (Cultural Complexes in China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan) In addition he has edited Psyche and the City, The Vision Thing, co-edited the Ancient Greece, Modern Psyche series and co-authored A Fan’s Guide to Baseball Fever. Dr. Singer currently serves as the President of National ARAS which explores symbolic imagery from around the world.

General Information


Hosted Online


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Registration Details

January 11th, 2024

  • Number of Classes: 1 Class
  • Class Length: 1.5 hours
  • Class Time:5:00 – 6:30 PM PST
  • Total Duration: 1.5 Hours 

The presentation will be recorded and shared after each session for those unable to attend live.