Do as I say, not as I do: Ralph Greenson, Anna Freud, and superrich patients

Kirsner, Douglas 2007, Do as I say, not as I do: Ralph Greenson, Anna Freud, and superrich patients, Psychoanalytic psychology, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 475-486.

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Title Do as I say, not as I do: Ralph Greenson, Anna Freud, and superrich patients
Author(s) Kirsner, Douglas
Journal name Psychoanalytic psychology
Volume number 24
Issue number 3
Start page 475
End page 486
Publisher American Psychological Association
Place of publication Washington D.C., Wash.
Publication date 2007-07
ISSN 0736-9735
1939-1331
Keyword(s) Ralph Greenson
Anna Freud
superrich patients
ethics
Lita Annenberg Hazen
Summary Ralph Greenson's The Technique and Practice of Psychoanalysis acted as a bible for generations of analysts on what to do and what not to do in psychoanalysis. Yet Greenson ignored the strictures of his own textbook, The Technique and Practice of Psychoanalysis, in his treatment of a number of superrich patients and celebrities, such as Marilyn Monroe and Lita Annenberg Hazen. This article presents new evidence from the examination of the papers of Ralph Greenson and Anna Freud at UCLA and the Library of Congress. Although it is well known that Greenson stretched boundaries with Monroe, his practice of blurring boundaries with other patients, and helping to funnel their money to Anna Freud's Hampstead Center, is not known. Hazen was not only President of Greenson's Foundation for Research in Psychoanalysis but was also, through Greenson's encouragement, a major contributor to Anna Freud's Hampstead Center. Greenson even went so far as to answer a personal advertisement on her behalf and fly to New York for a weekend to interview the suitor. These activities took place with Anna Freud's knowledge, approval, and collusion. Other cases are also discussed. If only he had taken his own advice.
Language eng
Field of Research 220299 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, American Psychological Association
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007891

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Collection: School of International and Political Studies
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