Louis Breger is an American psychologist, psychotherapist and scholar. He is Emeritus Professor of Psychoanalytic Studies at the California Institute of Technology.
Breger was born and grew up in Los Angeles, California. He attended Cornell University and U.C.L.A., then obtained his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Ohio State University in 1961. He then taught at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of California Medical School in San Francisco, and the University of Oregon. He graduated from the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute in 1979, where he became a Training and Supervising Analyst and received both the Franz Alexander Essay Award and the Distinguished Teaching Award.
In 1990, he and a group of colleagues created the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis (ICP) where he was the Founding President from 1990 to 1993. ICP reflected Breger’s commitment to an open, democratic form of education as a non-hierarchical training institute.
My greatly-loved wife Barbara died recently after a siege of ovarian cancer. She was a unique soul, and I wanted to present her life fully: to describe her many unusual qualities because it is something she deserves, as many who knew and loved her would agree. One might ask, “Why write—or read—a book about this woman?” Barbara’s impact was personal and individual; her way of living rare today.