Title: The Anatomy of the Entrepreneur: Clinical Observations
Author: Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries
Abstract: A case history is presented of one entrepreneur who chose to be treated through psychoanalysis. This case study offers a unique insight into the complex inner theater of one particular entrepreneur. In the entrepreneurial theater a need for control, a sense of distrust, a desire for applause, and resorting to primitive defensive mechanisms such as splitting, projection, denial and the flight into action appear to be common. This case history illustrates these themes, and furthermore, shows that running a business is not necessarily a rational process.