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Bromberg, P.M. (1997). Commentaries. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 45:36-40.

(1997). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 45:36-40


Philip M. Bromberg

According to Reik (1964), Freud once said that “he could defend himself when attacked but was entirely defenseless when praised” (p. 4). Although it may not be totally precise to describe Lawrence Friedman as “defenseless” when praised, it has always appeared to me that he feels most at ease when honoring the contributions of others and least so when he is himself the “target” of admiration.

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