"Every year, we're just waiting for justice to occur." The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis' Neal Spira, MD and Leo Weinstein, MD talk Cubs fandom with ESPN. 

Dean Neal Spira, MD and Associate Dean Leo Weinstein, MD were quoted in the ESPN article "Why do long-suffering Cubs fan keep coming back for more?" You can read the full article here, though we have also posted an excerpt below. 

Psychiatrist and lifelong Cubs devotee Neal Spira would not go so far as to mix business and pleasure and say Cubs fans are a textbook example of any particular psychosis.

"No, no, not textbook," Spira said. "Maybe a paper, though. You could definitely write a paper about the psychology of the Cubs fan."

Dr. Leo Weinstein, Spira's colleague at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, goes back to a central theme of psychotherapy in probing Cubs fans, and the theory that unconscious childhood feelings get expressed in adulthood.

"It taps into this feeling a lot of us have that things should be fair, that people should take turns and it's our turn to win," he said. "It also taps into the idea a lot of us believe subconsciously that if you suffer enough, you'll be rewarded.

"Cubs fans have suffered for 108 years, so it only makes sense we'll be rewarded -- not because our team is good or that Theo Epstein and the front office have assembled a winning team, but because it's right. And when [that] turns out not to be true, we're upset. People have a hard time giving up that feeling ... but it's a problematic way to live your life."

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In Memoriam: Arthur M. Sussman, former Board Chair

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of former Board Chair Arthur M. Sussman (“Art”). A citizen of Chicago, and the world, Art worked to ensure that there was a place for psychoanalysis in modern society, while also helping formulate the Institute’s ongoing strategic vision.

A well respected leader, known for both his humor and his ability to manage complex projects, Art cared deeply about issues as wide-ranging as the arts, human rights and biodiversity preservation.

Art also served in a variety of roles including General Counsel and Vice President for Administration and Argonne National Laboratory at the University of Chicago and Vice President at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, as well as Fulbright fellow, photographer, traveler, husband, father and grandfather.

“As Board Chair, Art had a vision for rethinking the place and role of the Institute and he initiated our strategic planning process so we could collaborate on the process of moving forward. Art brought wry insight and much wisdom to this role and he will be greatly missed,” said Erika Schmidt, MSW, President, Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis.