Psychic Phenomena in LiteraturewithRichard Reichbart

Books Mentioned In This Interview

richard reichbart curious stories of diverse places leo tolstoy anna karenina william shakespeare hamlet james p driscoll identity in shakespearean drama stephen greenblatt hamlet in purgatory edmund gurney phantasms of the living jacob moreno the essential moreno jule eisenbud parapsychology and the unconscious linda lane magallon mutual dreaming james joyce ulysses larissa vilenskaya fire walking henry james sr., morality and the perfect life vladimir nabokov lolita upton sinclair mental radio ed may psi wars east and west

Richard Reichbart, JD, PhD, is a training and supervising psychoanalyst. For thirty five years, he has maintained a private practice for the treatment of adults, adolescents and children in Northern New Jersey. In addition, he is a short story writer, a parapsychologist, and a poet. He is author of The Paranormal Surrounds Us: Psychic Phenomena in Literature, Culture, and Psychoanalysis. Prior to his career in psychology, he worked as an attorney focusing on civil rights and native American issues.

Here he suggests that great writers portray psychic phenomena in a realistic manner. This fact is generally ignored by both parapsychologists and literary critics. He focuses on Shakespeare’s Hamlet in which Hamlet applied parapsychological principles in order to determine whether the ostensible ghost of his father was real and whether the information conveyed by the ghost was accurate. He also describes shared dream experiences in both Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina and James Joyce’s Ulysses.

(Recorded on November 21, 2020)

Published on December 4, 2020


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