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Hirsch, I. (2009). On Idealism and Soberness: Founding and Maintaining a Psychoanalytic Institute. Contemp. Psychoanal., 45(3):330-344.

(2009). Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 45(3):330-344

On Idealism and Soberness: Founding and Maintaining a Psychoanalytic Institute

Irwin Hirsch, Ph.D.

It is highly likely that most of us who have founded a psychoanalytic institute or have been responsible for administering one have approached this responsibility with something that approximates idealistic hopes and dreams. As with most other significant commitments in life, however, one soon finds that perfection does not exist, and one begins to adjust to aims and goals that fall short of the original ideals. Even within the most successful and well-respected institutions administrators must recognize the necessity for adaptive compromise.

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