Lawrence Friedman was born in 1931 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He attended the University of Chicago (Ph.B, M.A.), received M.D. from Temple University in Philadelphia, did Psychiatry Residency at the Yale University Graduate School of Medicine, and worked as Lieutenant Commander in the United States Naval Hospital , Yokosuka, Japan. He is currently in private practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. He is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Weill-Cornell Medical College in New York City, and is on the Faculty of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Education affiliated with New York University Medical College. He is an Honorary Member of the American Psychoanalytic Association, the New York Psychoanalytic Institute and Society, and the Psychoanalytic Institute of New York.