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“It would seem better that he avoid eating lobster than that he be analyzed”

Psychoanalyst Leo Stone, concerned about the proliferation of psychoanalysis for the solving of seemingly every sort of personal problem in New York City in the 1950s and ‘60s, wrote: “If a man is otherwise healthy, happy, and efficient, and his rare attacks of headache can be avoided by not eating lobster, for example, it would seem better that he avoid eating lobster than that he be analyzed.”

—Quoted in Psychoanalysis: The Impossible Profession by Janet Malcolm.

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