Webster regularly contributes to The Guardian with psychoanalytical musings on sexting politicians and presidents with personality disorders. Psychoanalytic terms—including such pop favorites as “repression, ” “Oedipal complex” and “narcissism”—are part of the vernacular, and yet psychoanalysis as a profession remains maligned. But analyst Jamieson Webster, who practices in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood, is fine with that. A professor at the New School as well as a cultural critic, Webster agrees with Freud, who believed that since psychoanalysis concerns things that make us uncomfortable, it will always face resistance. Here, Webster talks about the benefits of forgetting, the myths This story is from Kinfolk Issue Twenty-Seven Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 49 Between the Ears “Our increased inability to listen to one another is a major contributor to the current global loneliness epidemic.” Arts & Culture Issue 36 Known Unknowns How to make no news good news. Arts & Culture Issue 35 Cult Rooms Few rooms loom as large in the popular psyche as the shrink’s office. Stephanie d’Arc Taylor considers the couch where it all began. Arts & Culture Issue 24 Total Recall Memory is selective, so why is minutiae so important? Arts & Culture Issue 24 Code of Silence Don’t suffer in silence. Own it. Arts & Culture Issue 23 Memory of Color Why is it that humans can perceive a million colors but only remember a fraction of them?