Freud was very ill at this time - he was suffering from throat cancer. Because of this, he talks very slowly in a very indistinct accent. Freud died nine month later after this broadcast.
"I started my professional activity as a neurologist, trying to bring relief to my neurotic patients. Under the influence of an older friend and by my own efforts I discovered some new and important facts about the unconscious in psychic life, the role of instinctual urges and so on.
Out of these findings grew a new science, Psycho-analysis, a part of psychology and a new method of treatment of the neuroses.
I had to pay heavily for this bit of good luck. People did not believe my facts and thought my theories unsavoury. Resistance was strong and unrelenting. In the end I succeeded in acquiring pupils and building up an international Psycho-Analytic Association.
But the struggle is not yet over."
|Sigmund Freud, BBC broadcast recorded at Maresfield Gardens, 7 December 1938.|