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Dr. Ralph Greenson, the star of Hollywood psychoanalysts, treated Marilyn Monroe for 15 months until her August 1962 suicide. He saw her seven days a week and brought her into his home. He never got over losing her. Written by a practicing psychoanalyst, The Misfit recounts this tragic alliance and Marilyn Monroe’s borderline personality.

©2011 Steven Poser (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Sad Tale of Marilyn Monroe

This short (under two hours) tale of Marilyn Monroe and her psychiatrist is a sad one for sure. The whole world has been captivated by Marilyn and her beauty, but the fact is she never grew up or learned to deal with real life. It makes me wonder if a different approach and some tough love might have been more beneficial to her, but no one had the guts to do it. I cannot imagine a person being so self absorbed and focused on their own looks and their own body, and using it as a tool to manipulate others. I'm very sad about her birth and childhood, but at some point in our lives we all have to come to terms with the things and circumstances which have caused us to be the way that we are. And I'm not unsympathetic, just realistic. I'm an adult child of an alcoholic, who learned early on to take care of myself. It was no fun. I have to say that Marilyn surrounded herself by a myriad of enablers and continued to act like a two year old all of her life, right up until the end, and went out of this life throwing one more fit. 😥

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For once a More Analytical Read

This is not your usual gossipy Hollywood bio. It actually has some credible and knowledgeable analysts of Marilyn. No matter how it’s told, it is still a sad story.

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excellent!

LOVED IT. EXCELLENT. I WANT RESEARCH HER AND FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HER. I AM LOOKING FORD TO IT!

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DID ANYONE CONSIDER SUBSTANCE ABUSEQ

I don’t know how ANYONE can diagnose any mental or physical illness until all drugs and alcohol are completely out of the patient’s system—-that is likely a couple of months after terminating the alcohol and drugs. As more than one Ph.d psychologist and psychiatrist has told me, “You don’t know what you have until you factor out the effects of self medication.” I don’t think it was any secret Marilyn abused drugs and alcohol.
I am probably one of the few who believe in Freudian psychoanalysis. To me it is a depth threat, not so much to treat severe mental illness, but pluming the depths of one’s psyche. Naturally one expects a positive change in the patient’s mental and perhaps physical condition.
Dr. Greeson noted it would be years before MM would be ready for psychoanalysis. I don’t think certain conditions like personality disorders or bipolar respond to psychoanalysis.If I could I would love to be plumb the depths of my psyche.

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More about therapy than about Marilyn

If you are into therapy and psychoanalysis, you'll enjoy this. The Marilyn fan might be a little disappointed, tho.

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Interesting

Interesting case for a psicoanalist like myself. Though there are a number of dates repeated and it could be more organized.

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Powerfull

What did you love best about The Misfit?

An exciting story about Norma Jean AKA Marilyn Monroe, and the attempts to save her short and tragic life. Poser writes a suspenseful and compelling story. A unique glimpse into the life of a Hollywood starlet, and the brief and tragic story of her rise and fall. A well written compelling story that flows very nicely. A revealing and sincere story that is very addictive.

What other book might you compare The Misfit to and why?

The Secret Life Of Marilyn Monroe

What does Steven Menasche bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Very well read. A pure pleasure to listen too.

Any additional comments?

Excellent!!!!