David James Fisher, Ph.D.


1800 Fairburn Avenue, Suite 203
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 552-0868

David James Fisher, Ph.D. is a practicing research psychoanalyst and a European cultural and intellectual h istorian. He is a Training and Supervising Analyst ant ICP and a Senior Faculty Member at the New Center for psychoanalysis. He specializes in the history of psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic cultural criticism, and the convergence of clinical psychoanalysis with cultural and political history. He is currently working ona study of Camus and the Myth of Sisyphus with particular emphasis on the convergence of existential with psychoanalytic themes in this myth. He is developing a paper on the psychology of lying in narcissistic patients, linking the dynamics of lying to the dilemma of the false self. He is also revising a paper which revisits Bettelheim’s seminal study of fairy tales in “The Uses of Enchantment.” Dr. Fisher is a graduate of the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and has been practicing for over 30 years in Los Angeles. He currently has his private practice in West Los Angeles.


Individual Adult psychoanalysis and psychotherapy

Graduate Research Psychoanalyst, RP-030

Ph.D. in European Cultural and Intellectual History



Bettelheim: Living and Dying (Rodopi, Amsterdam and New York, 2008), Contemporary Psychoanalytic Studies 8. Cultural Theory and Psychoanalytic Tradition (Transaction Publishers,2009).

Romain Rolland and the Politics of Intellectual Engagement (Transactino Publishers, 2004).

Psychoalaytische Kulturkritik und die Seele des Menschen (Psychosozial Verlag, 2003)

“Stoller, Erotics, Sexual Excitement,” Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, Jan. 2010.

“Sartre’s Freud: Dimensions of Intersubjectivity in Sartre’s ‘The Freud Scenario.” In Endless Night: Cinema and Psychoanalysis, Parallel Histories ed., Janet Bergstrom (University of California Press, 1999).


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