The American Journal of Psychoanalysis

, Volume 62, Issue 2, pp 163–184

“Living Turned Inside Out”: The Musical Expression of Psychotic and Schizoid Experience in Talking Heads' Remain in Light

  • Michael A. Brog

DOI: 10.1023/A:1015181228250

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Brog, M.A. Am J Psychoanal (2002) 62: 163. doi:10.1023/A:1015181228250


The rock album form, advantageously suited for the artistic expression of intrapsychic experience, has been virtually ignored by analytic writers. Remain in Light by Talking Heads is presented as an example of an album that effectively utilizes the potentialities of this form to give powerful and disconcerting musical expression to a variety of psychotic and schizoid experiences, bringing to life the formulations for these phenomena of Bion, Winnicott, Guntrip, Ogden, Grotstein and others. The album suggests a variety of mechanisms by which sound and music may serve both defensive and compensatory functions in relation to these phenomena.

psychoanalysis music schizoid psychosis Bion 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael A. Brog
    • 1
  1. 1.St. Louis Psychoanalytic InstituteSt. Louis University School of MedicineUSA