Michael Guy Thompson

Michael Guy Thompson, PhD, received his psychoanalytic training from R. D. Laing and Hugh Crawford at the Philadelphia Association in London, and served as the organization’s administrator from 1973 to 1980. He is Personal and Supervising Analyst and Faculty Member, Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, San Francisco, and Adjunct Professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies, in San Francisco.

He is the author of numerous journal articles, book chapters, and reviews, as well as five books, The Death of Desire: A Study in Psychopathology (1985), The Truth About Freud’s Technique (1994), The Ethic of Honesty (2004), The Legacy of R. D. Laing: An Appraisal of His Contemporary Relevance (2015), and most recently, The Death of Desire: An Existential Study in Sanity and Madness (2016), an extensively revised and expanded edition of the original, published by Routledge.

He is founder and director of Gnosis Retreat Center, a refuge for people in crisis, modeled on his work with R. D. Laing in London, and lives in Berkeley, CA. His current project is a book on the relation between love and happiness: The Heart of the Matter: The Trials and Tribulations of Love Relationships.

Michael Guy Thompson, PhD, is a psychoanalyst who worked with R.D. Laing for many years in London. He continues to work with extreme states, and has been training therapists for more than 30 years. He has lectured all over the world and his books include The Death of Desire: An Existential Study in Sanity and Madness (2nd, revised edition) (Routledge).

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