E. James Lieberman, M.D. is a retired Washington, D.C. psychiatrist/psychoanalyst, the author of Acts of Will: The Life and Work of Otto Rank. Dr. Lieberman used to be a clinical professor of psychiatry at The George Washington University Medical Center Department of Psychiatry.
In the summer of 1989 I mailed Dr. Lieberman a copy of my self-analysis: The Caliban Complex: An Attempt at Self-Analysis.
Dr. Lieberman acknowledged my submission with a handwritten note that reads:
Dear Gary Freedman:
Thanks for writing. I find your work too intellectual for me. Reminds me of my pre-Rankian (more Freudian) days. The above cartoon expresses my view of therapy. May I keep your essay or would you like to have it back?
The attached cartoon depicts a very large egg sitting on a psychoanalyst's couch. The egg is just beginning to crack open. The analyst says to the egg (patient): "This is very good, Mr. Carter!"