Herman Mankiewicz was a tragic figure - in 1940’s Hollywood and in David Fincher’s film Mank. Sure. he had his principles. Mank stood up for what was right and against what was wrong at MGM and in the political world of the times – but too often in self-destructive ways. He was equally hurtful towards those who loved him. In fact, he turned away from love as he drank himself to death. Why couldn’t Mank get out of his “self-created trap?” And, especially, why does such a talented man not love himself? Because when he doesn’t, he can’t love anyone...

Paula Hawkins’ New York Times bestselling novel, The Girl On The Train, gives us Rachel – a girl obsessed. There’s no question this novel is a mind bending murder mystery par excellence. But, for me as a psychoanalyst it poses a more interesting question. What’s behind Rachel’s obsession? Rachel Watson rides the train every day. She rides - as if she has a purpose. She used to have a life. Now she has nothing. She rides past her old neighborhood where the life she lost took place – the only happy life she ever had. She watches Jason and Jess; at...