Peter L. Giovacchini, M.D.
Dr Robert Langs is well known to mental health professionals. He is a prolific writer, and his contributions have been highly significant. Throughout the years he has acquired many followers who have eagerly embraced his ideas.
As usually happens with innovators, there is seldom, if ever, universal acclaim or acceptance, and Dr Langs is no exception. In some circles he is controversial and does not mingle with the mainstream. Some of his ideas, especially those dealing with the therapeutic frame, have aroused intense reactions. Since he thoroughly discusses them in this volume, I will not preempt the author.
I suppose he can be classified as a maverick in the best sense of the word ( Giovacchini, 1991). In spite of the opposition he has encountered, he clings to his beliefs and continues amplifying them. There is something estimable about such dedication. He remains faithful to the analytic frame to a degree that goes beyond most classical positions. There is a purity to his viewpoint that can be both admired and questioned. As a maverick, he is not in the centre of the herd because of the extremity of his views, but he is at the periphery and still a notable member of the group.