Learning and Doing: Working With Fromm and Applying What I Learned

Psychoanal Rev. 2017 Aug;104(4):523-537. doi: 10.1521/prev.2017.104.4.523.


From 1960 to 1970 Erich Fromm was my teacher, analyst, and colleague. For the next ten years, we regularly corresponded about our work and views of public policy. As my analyst, Fromm had strengths and weaknesses. He influenced my research and practice on leadership and on transforming organizations to further both productivity and human development. His concepts can help us understand the current global political and cultural crisis that, while rooted in profound historic social, economic, and technological change, calls for depth psychological insights.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Historical Article
  • Personal Narrative

MeSH terms

  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Leadership
  • Psychoanalysis / education
  • Psychoanalysis / history*
  • Psychoanalytic Theory
  • Social Change
  • Transference, Psychology
  • Work / psychology

Personal name as subject

  • Erich Fromm