A Tribute: Dr. Charles Socarides, Lover Of Humanity
Now, for most men and women, simply to become such an icon with an unquestioned place in the heady atmosphere of the intellectual elite would be sufficient. To have achieved stature, name recognition, and be acknowledged internationally among one’s colleagues as a distinguished member of prestigious faculties and professional organizations would be more than enough to satisfy a lifetime of ambition. Charles Socarides could have, for the rest of his life, settled back with a worldwide reputation. He could have remained aloof and apart from the trenches where the fiercest of cultural battles was just beginning to be fought. But in his 70th year, after forty years as a clinician and a scholar, Charles entered those trenches using his psychoanalytic knowledge to become a social critic in addition to being a clinician, researcher and scholar.