Anaïs and Her Analysts, Rank and Allendy: The Creative and Destructive Aspects

  • Valerie Harms


When Anaïs Nin sought analysis with René Allendy and Otto Rank, she encountered analysts who profoundly failed her by their unprofessional conduct. Writers about Anaïs are usually impressed by her ‘friendships with famous men’, ignoring or denying the psychological implications of their behaviour. Nevertheless, while these relationships exacerbated Anaïs’ wounds, they also provoked remarkably creative reactions in her life and work.


Unprofessional Conduct Psychological Implication Good Father Destructive Aspect Good Analyst 
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