Tag: The Sullivanian Institute

How an Exclusive NYC Cult Influenced the 1970’s Art Scene

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“I was like reborn,” the art critic Clement Greenberg once remembered, “it was the most important event in my life.” The event in question was his encounter with Sullivanian therapy. His biographer, Florence Rubenfeld, once wrote that it would not…[Continue Reading...]

Review: Inside New York’s 20th Century Psychotherapeutic Cult

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The postwar era saw many attempts to find new ways of thinking and living that avoided the dissatisfactions and interpersonal nightmares that often arose in more traditional structures. Since human happiness and flourishing are difficult and can't be hacked with…[Continue Reading...]

Inside the Upper West Side cult that told members to sleep with anyone who asked

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Saul Newton wanted to be a good father, so he granted his grown daughter Esther’s wish: When her female friends came to his office for therapy, he promised he would no longer ask those women for oral sex. He wasn’t…[Continue Reading...]

Secretive Manhattan cult is blamed for iconic artist Jackson Pollock’s death by encouraging alcoholic painter to drink and cheat on his wife with beautiful muse who survived drunken crash that killed art star

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Famed modern artist Jackson Pollock's car crash death has been blamed on a New York cult that encouraged the alcoholic painter to hit the bottle and cheat on his wife. The cult, also known as the Sullivanians, advocated alcohol use…[Continue Reading...]

Sex, Analysis, and 40 Communal Apartments on the Upper West Side

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There were a number of things that might have attracted a person to the Sullivan Institute, the maverick psychoanalytic practice and cult that flourished on the Upper West Side from 1957 until its acrimonious dissolution in 1991: the twin promise…[Continue Reading...]

Son Of Psychotherapy Sex Cult Leader Speaks Out In The Fourth Wall Docuseries

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Screen Rant is proud to present an exclusive clip from the character-driven documentary series The Fourth Wall, which premiered in early June at the Tribeca Film Festival. The docuseries is told from the perspective of Keith Newton, who was born…[Continue Reading...]

‘We were psychologically, spiritually, and morally raped’: Victims of obscure New York City SEX CULT that lured in members with promises of debauched parties and cheap rent reveal horrific abuse they were subjected as a form of new-age ‘therapy’

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Today, the Upper West Side is one of the wealthiest and most wholesome zip codes in Manhattan - yet just three decades ago, it was also home to an extremely closed-off and sordid sex cult that courted high-profile members and…[Continue Reading...]

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