Via Shots, NPR’s Health Blog:
You haven’t really seen baseball analysts until you’ve sat in on a panel of shrinks dissecting America’s pastime.
Trust us. We saw it happen at a meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association just a few blocks from NPR HQ on Thursday. Washington Nationals President Stan Kasten even joined the keepers of Freud’s flame to discuss the mental challenges posed by the game and why it has such a strong grip on so many minds.
First, we can now report that our favorite spectator sport’s unique national status is official. “Baseball is part of the American psyche,” declared Dr. Bruce Levin, a psychoanalyst from outside Philadelphia who organized the panel. Baseball, he said, isn’t just a game. Watching and playing are also about connecting with our “inner baseball heroes” and also help “children practice growing up.”