Simon Sobo, M.D. retired in August, 2013 from a private psychiatric practice in Northwestern Connecticut. He replaced Scott Peck as Chief of Psychiatry at New Milford Hospital from 1981-99, and was president of the hospital medical staff from 1990-92. After finishing his training at Albert Einstein School of Medicine he taught there for 3 years before realizing that he was not cut out for academia. He needed freedom to express whatever he had to say without worrying about career consequences. Einstein was a leading Freudian institution at the time, so, it was almost inevitable that Dr. Sobo became a fierce critic of Freud. Still later, when Freud went out of fashion, he became a proponent of many, though certainly not all, of his ideas.
(note added 8/15/2013) Now fully retired I am more and more aware of how much group think drives me crazy and how much I have been as guilty as anyone else of joining and eagerly embracing what I detest. Group think has the ability to camouflage itself as one of your own thoughts. It’s only as I approach the leaping off place that retirement allows that I am able to contemplate just how often I have been deceived by my need to belong, to believe what everyone else says they believe. Psychiatry, in particular, requires an element of silence and posturing if patients are not to think of their shrink as a crazy man, or worse.
Admittedly, all along, as eager as I have been to believe what others believe to be true, I’ve been iconoclastic when ever I feel pressured. It is a particular dynamic in me that has been set off again and again. However, the issues discussed in my papers, are not simply oppositional. Especially when I wrote about them(and even now) I truly cared about the subject being addressed, and gave it my all to think the issues through. But I only went so far. I was intent on being honest, yes, but I was also afraid to go too far. Now I am more willing to take my chances
Sobo has 4 children and 4 grandchildren with a fifth munchkin coming. He has written a novel and screenplay version of Commodore, based on Cornelius Vanderbilt’s extraordinary life. He has written a screenplay and novel After Lisa based on a horrifying case in which an HMO essentially killed a 16 year old boy. And most recently, CC. I consider this phase of my writing the most important work I have done. Visitors to this page are urged to take a look.
With his wife, Linda, he has also written two children’s musicals, Anna Oceanna (which was performed at New Milford TheatreWorks) and Iron John. Linda’s song “Light One Candle” was performed last Christmas by Ronnie Spector on the David Letterman Show. Sobo is also a passionate gardener, and off and on does photography, some of which can be accessed here.