Myron Sharaf

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Myron Sharaf
Born 1927
Miami, Florida
Died May 13, 1997
Cause of death Heart attack
Education B.A. psychology (1949)
Harvard College
M.Ed. (1953)
Tufts University
Ph.D. (1960)
Harvard University
Occupation Psychotherapist, lecturer
Employer Harvard Medical School
Boston State Hospital
Tufts University School of Medicine
Notable work Fury on Earth: A Biography of Wilhelm Reich (1983)

Myron Ruscoll Sharaf (1927 – May 13, 1997) was an American writer and psychotherapist. He was a lecturer in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, the director of the Center for Sociopsychological Research and Education at Boston State Hospital, and assistant clinical professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine.[1]

Sharaf was a student, patient, and colleague of Wilhelm Reich's from 1948 to 1954, and the author of what is widely regarded as the definitive biography of Reich, Fury On Earth (1983).[2] He died of a heart attack in Berlin in 1997, after addressing a conference in Vienna marking Reich's centennial.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Sharaf was born in Miami, Florida. He obtained his first degree in psychology from Harvard College in 1949, an M.Ed. from Tufts University in 1953, and a Ph.D. in psychology and education from Harvard University in 1960.[3]

Fury on Earth[edit]

A New York Times review of Fury on Earth: A Biography of Wilhelm Reich describes Sharaf as "intimate for more than 10 years as student, disciple, patient and colleague" of Reich.[4] Paul Roazen wrote in The Psychoanalytic Review, "Myron Sharaf's Fury on Earth is far and away the finest book both on Reich's work and his life. It is a work of scholarship that may well, until the Reich Archives are finally opened, remain definitive on the subject."[5]


  • An Approach to the Theory and Measurement of Intraception. Harvard University Graduate School of Education. 1959. p. 478 pages. 
  • with Milton Greenblatt. Dynamics of Program Development. Harvard University Graduate School of Education. 1971. p. 123 pages. 
  • with Milton Greenblatt and Evelyn M. Stone. Dynamics of Institutional Change: The Hospital in Transition (reprint ed.). Beard Books. 2003. p. 292 pages. ISBN 1-58798-181-5. 
  • Fury on Earth: A Biography of Wilhelm Reich. St Martin's Press/Marek. 1983. p. 550 pages. ISBN 0-312-31370-5.  External link in |title= (help)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kotin, Joel & Sharaf, Myron R. "Management succession an administrative style", Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, Volume 2, Number 1, June 1974.
  2. ^ "Myron Sharaf", Da Capo Press.
  3. ^ a b Saxon, Wolfgang. "Myron Sharaf, student, biographer and intrepreter of Wilhelm Reich, at 70", New York Times, May 24, 1997.
    • For details of the Ph.D., see Sharaf, Myron. Fury on Earth: A Biography of Wilhelm Reich. Da Capo Press, 1994, p. 30 (first published 1983).
    Sharaf 1994, p. 30.
  4. ^ Kendrick, Walter (April 3, 1983). "THE ANALYST AS OUTSIDER - New York Times". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ Roazen, P. (1985). "Fury on Earth: A Biography of Wilhelm Reich", Psychoanal. Rev., 72:668-671.

Further reading[edit]

  • Reich, Robbie. "Ode to a Therapist", extract from Breathe; also published in the Journal of Family Life, Volume 3/4, 1997.