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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

Newsday: Putting the office on the couch

BY BECKY AIKMAN

The management at one Long Island company split into factions so distrusting of each other that they stopped speaking. So they called in an unusual outside consultant: a psychoanalyst. Dr. Kenneth Eisold convinced the workers to vent their anger, understand it better, then get back to business. "I encouraged them to get at each other's throats," he said. "Once they had said their worst, expressed their greatest fears, they could calm down and actually start to work together." It may be a common thought in many work environments: This place could use a good shrink. Now some employers are acting on the notion of hiring one, not for individual people, but for the companies themselves.

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