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10 - Rose Garden Revisited

Miracles of Frieda Fromm-Reichmann and Joanne Greenberg

from Part II - From Sea to Shining Sea

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  17 December 2020

Keh-Ming Lin
Affiliation:
University of California, Los Angeles
Keh-Ming Lin
Affiliation:
University of California, Los Angeles
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Fromm-Reichmann was one of the most famous and respected therapists specializing in the psychoanalytical treatment of schizophrenic patients. In popular culture, she has been enshrined as the heroic and talented psychoanalyst in the book and film I Never Promised You a Rose Garden. The author of the book, Joanne Greenberg, indeed was a patient of Fromm-Reichmann’s, who not only completely recovered from her devastating illness, but went on to lead an extremely successful and productive life. In contrast, Fromm-Reichmann’s life was laden with trauma, disappointment, and loneliness. As the oldest child of a domineering mother and an ineffectual father, she grew up at a time of great social upheaval. She was raped in the street as a teenager. Her marriage to Erich Fromm, possibly the only person she had ever loved, proved a disaster due to Erich’s betrayal. The role of her “woundedness” in making her an effective therapist is explored in this chapter. Also discussed are questions regarding the prognosis of schizophrenia and the effect of psychotherapy, especially psychoanalysis, with severely mentally ill patients.

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Wounded Healers
Tribulations and Triumphs of Pioneering Psychotherapists
, pp. 139 - 146
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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  • Rose Garden Revisited
  • Keh-Ming Lin, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Translated by Keh-Ming Lin, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Book: Wounded Healers
  • Online publication: 17 December 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108801164.011
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  • Rose Garden Revisited
  • Keh-Ming Lin, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Translated by Keh-Ming Lin, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Book: Wounded Healers
  • Online publication: 17 December 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108801164.011
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  • Rose Garden Revisited
  • Keh-Ming Lin, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Translated by Keh-Ming Lin, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Book: Wounded Healers
  • Online publication: 17 December 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108801164.011
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