Saturday, February 01, 2020

SDSU Press's Psychoanalysis on the Couch Book Series: Post Freud Studies for a Post Freud World

SDSU Press's Psychoanalysis on 
the Couch Book Series 
Ralph R. Greenson's Legacy
Abi Jones 

Among 100+ publications of San Diego State University Press, you’ll find a large number of publications penned by highly noted authors. None so interesting, and overlooked, as the publications of Ralph R. Greenson. Greenson’s training seminars are edited by noted Psychoanalyst (and former director of this Press!) Harry Polkinhorn and published by SDSU Press with the "Techniques and Practice of Psychoanalysis" series title and with the Psychoanalysis on the Couch imprint.

Born on September 20th, 1911, Greenson had to travel to Switzerland to gain his education as he was not allowed to study at American universities due to anti-Semitic policies at the time. What is most remembered about Greenson in American popular culture is his affiliation with Marilyn Monroe. He was her therapist and is mentioned in various conspiracies regarding the actress's death. After his own death, Greenson’s wife opened his personal library. This library included transcriptions of his influential lectures. The transcriptions of his training sessions provide an extensive overview of psychoanalysis and are educational psychological novels that cannot be overlooked. 

We have praised the work of Sigmund Freud (he of the cigar) and Ivan Pavlov (he of the drool), critiqued and discussed the likes of Philip Zimbardo, but, then, why should we leave Ralph Greenson to the likes of Bigfoot-hunting and Flat Earth-loving conspiracy theorists. Why? Since 2006--when the first publication of these lectures were released--psychologists, students, and scholars have been able to read professional training lectures by someone who left an indelible mark on West Coast (and American) Psychoanalysis. SDSU’s published series “Techniques and Practice of Psychoanalysis” offers a new lens on classic teachings. Go out and get your own copy today!


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