Alice Lombardo Maher, M.D.

Dr. Alice Lombardo Maher is a psychoanalyst, psychiatrist and the author of
Catalysis: A Recipe to Slow Down or Abort Humankind’s Leap to War

Alice Lombardo Maher, M.D.

Dr. Alice Lombardo Maher is a psychoanalyst, psychiatrist and the author of
Catalysis: A Recipe to Slow Down or Abort Humankind’s Leap to War

Catalysis: A Recipe to Slow Down or Abort Humankind’s Leap to War

In this short book, I present what I believe to be a major paradigm shift in human understanding and discourse. My goal is to intrigue you, coax you to think and behave in new ways, and convince you to become part of a movement leading to a new language for communication across human divides.

Ideas as big as this one don’t emerge out of thin air. In Catalysis, I present a theoretical model that integrates and reframes models from disparate fields. I tell you about some simple pilot projects, and I share concrete suggestions for ways that everyone can begin to implement these ideas in the here and now. Finally, I describe the personal trajectory that led to my conclusions and to my absolute conviction that we can shift the direction of human consciousness and evolution. It’s huge, but remarkably simple.

Praise for Catalysis

“In this book, a psychoanalyst shares her personal story that led her to come to new conclusions and convictions about human nature. She describes methods for slowing down or aborting humankind’s leap to war. It has been a moving experience for me to read Alice Maher’s book. Anyone who dreams about a better world should also read it.”

—Dr. Vamik Volkan, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee; Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, University of Virginia; author of Enemies on the Couch: A Psychopolitical Journey Through War and Peace


"I think it IS genius—in the sense of portraying the obvious that has been hidden in plain view."

—Heward Wilkinson, D. Psych, UKCP Fellow, UKCP Registered Integrative Psychotherapist, author of The Muse as Therapist: A New Poetic Paradigm for Psychotherapy

Read Heward Wilkinson's paper on Catalysis


“We all talk about the cliched “division” in our country and world, but Dr. Maher actually starts a “how-to” process to addressing it. Her solutions may make some feel a bit uneasy or require one to take a step back and reflect, but that’s partially the point. She is presenting a bold, innovative new way - based in broad theory and practical experience - on not just healing our division, but making an evolutionary leap in our consciousness that is an existential requirement for our species. Her book is not left-leaning nor right-leaning; it is a bold starting point to an actual paradigm shift. It is refreshing and different. And yet it is not idealistic because it requires great work and effort. Dr. Maher fully acknowledges that others will take her writings and further test and expand upon it. Please read this book - it is a quick and easy read, though its message is profound and its call is essential.”

—Sean Campbell, 2019 Rutgers Eagleton Institute of Politics Fellow.


“The methodology outlined in this book is as simple as it is ingenious. Even if some of the questions raised will have to be answered by future generations, the book will help readers reach a deeper understanding of the self and others, discover shared horizons beyond inflexible comfort zones, and open up new vistas to the seemingly irreconcilable. Alice Lombardo Maher’s book is a must read for all dreamers who long to bridge divides, and anyone who can imagine a future in which humankind may thrive.”

—Anna Klambauer, Lecturer in Cultural Studies at Karl-Franzens University, Graz, Austria

Praise for Catalysis

"In this book, a psychoanalyst shares her personal story that led her to come to new conclusions and convictions about human nature. She describes methods for slowing down or aborting humankind's leap to war. It has been a moving experience for me to read Alice Maher's book. Anyone who dreams about a better world should also read it."

—Dr. Vamik Volkan, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee; Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, University of Virginia; author of Enemies on the Couch: A Psychopolitical Journey Through War and Peace


"I think it IS genius—in the sense of portraying the obvious that has been hidden in plain view."

—Heward Wilkinson, D. Psych, UKCP Fellow, UKCP Registered Integrative Psychotherapist, author of The Muse as Therapist: A New Poetic Paradigm for Psychotherapy

Read Heward Wilkinson's paper on Catalysis


"We all talk about the cliched "division" in our country and world, but Dr. Maher actually starts a "how-to" process to addressing it. Her solutions may make some feel a bit uneasy or require one to take a step back and reflect, but that's partially the point. She is presenting a bold, innovative new way - based in broad theory and practical experience - on not just healing our division, but making an evolutionary leap in our consciousness that is an existential requirement for our species. Her book is not left-leaning nor right-leaning; it is a bold starting point to an actual paradigm shift. It is refreshing and different. And yet it is not idealistic because it requires great work and effort. Dr. Maher fully acknowledges that others will take her writings and further test and expand upon it. Please read this book - it is a quick and easy read, though its message is profound and its call is essential."

—Sean Campbell, 2019 Rutgers Eagleton Institute of Politics Fellow.


"The methodology outlined in this book is as simple as it is ingenious. Even if some of the questions raised will have to be answered by future generations, the book will help readers reach a deeper understanding of the self and others, discover shared horizons beyond inflexible comfort zones, and open up new vistas to the seemingly irreconcilable. Alice Lombardo Maher's book is a must read for all dreamers who long to bridge divides, and anyone who can imagine a future in which humankind may thrive."

—Anna Klambauer, Lecturer in Cultural Studies at Karl-Franzens University, Graz, Austria