This is where I talk about myself...
David began as a writer, taking degrees from Bennington College, Johns Hopkins Univeristy and attending Rice University where he worked toward, but never completed his doctorate in English. During his mid to late twenties, after leaving university, David sustained his focus on writing while maintaining and exploring a variety of vocational options, none of which quite panned out the way he had hoped.
Eventually a bigger shift occurred and David found a day job that agreed with his basic principles and values; namely clinical social work, psychoanalysis and psychosynthesis - for all of which David has extensive training, public speaking and certification (e.g., in addition to being a Certified Psychoanalyst, David is certified both in teaching and in training Psychosynthesis). For twenty-five years David has been in private practice in Nyack, New York, where he also lives with his wife and daughter.
David has always had a passion for matters pertaining to psychology and philosophy, especially the philosophy/psychology of interpersonal relations. Fortuitously, then, the marriage between his interest in writing (which had always been profoundly informed by the Romantic Tradition) and his application of scholarship to the practical demands of his daily practice, has resulted in a fruitful array of publications; ranging in focus from a series of scholarly, peer-reviewed articles – many of which David presented at local, national and international venues – to David’s eventual decision, beginning in 2004, to devote himself more completely to his own work and theories.
To that end David has self-published two books: The Feeling Life: Reclaiming Your Emotional Vitality and Purpose (2007), and Wanting and Having (2011). He is in the process of completing a third book entitled, Changing Thoughtforms. All three of these books are featured on this website, though only the first two will be available until David finishes editing and then publishes Changing Thoughtforms.
- Bennington College – BA in Literature/ Languages/Black Music
- Johns Hopkins University – MA in English/Creative Writing
- Rice University – Work toward Ph.D. in English (never completed)
- Columbia University – MS in Social Work
- Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity (NYC) – Certified Psychoanalyst
- Psychosynthesis Institute (Amherst, MA) – Certified Psychosynthesis Therapist, Instructor & Trainer
- Klugman, D. (1996). Two aspects of the same power. Psicosintesi, 13(1), 23-29.
- Klugman, David. (1997). Existentialism and constructivism: A bi-polar model of subjectivity. Clinical Social Work Journal, 25(3), 297-313.
- Klugman, D. (1997). Investment and divestment: Oneness, agentic relatedness and self psychology's tripartite model of the person. Paper presented at the 20th Annual International Conference on the Psychology of the Self: Challenges in Self Psychology, Chicago.
- Klugman, D. (1999). The itch toward objectivism: A discussion of the analyst's need to find solid ground. Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis, 27(2), 275-293.
- Klugman, D. (2001). Empathy's romantic dialectic. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 18(4), 684-704.
- Klugman, D. (2002). The existential side of Kohut's tragic man. Clinical Social Work Journal, 30(1), 9-22.
- Klugman, D. (2003). The figuration of reality: Psychoanalysis, animism, and the 'pathetic fallacy'. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 20(4), 660-676.
- Klugman, D. (2007). The feeling life: Reclaiming your emotional vitality and purpose. Nyack, NY: Feeling First Publications.
- Klugman, D. & Strang, R. (2009). Living abstractly: Art and imagination in daily life. Nyack, NY: Feeling First Publications.
- Klugman, D. & Strang, R. (2010). Rebalancing. Nyack, NY: Feeling First Publications.
- Klugman, D. (2011). Wanting and having. Nyack, NY: Feeling First Publications.
- Klugman, D. (2016). Changing thoughtforms. Unpublished manuscript.
- International Conference on the Psychology of the Self – present paper.
- International Conference on the Psychology of the Self – Master Class with Dr. George Atwood.
- San Diego International Psychosysnthesis Conference – present paper.
- Various lectures and presentations in the Tri-State area.
- Two years teacher/trainer at the Psychosynthesis Institute, Amherst, MA.