The Freud Quotes blog’s top 15 posts of 2015

Sigmund Freud arrives in London, 6 June 1938.

In 1930 Freud was awarded the Goethe Prize in recognition of his contributions to psychology and to German literary culture. In January 1933, the Nazis took control of Germany, and Freud's books were prominent among those they burned and destroyed. Freud quipped:

"What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now, they are content with burning my books."

"Dear John ..., You asked me what I consider essential personal qualities in a future psychoanalyst. The answer is comparatively simple. If you want to be a real psychoanalyst you have to have a great love of the truth, scientific truth as well as personal truth, and you have to place this appreciation of truth higher than any discomfort at meeting unpleasant facts, whether they belong to the world outside or to your own inner person."

OLD MASTER Left: Freud and one of his many lovers, Alexi Williams-Wynn, pose for The Painter Surprised by a Naked Admirer in his Holland Park studio in 2005. Right: Reflection (Self-Portrait), 1985., PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHN RIDDY/PAINTING © THE LUCIAN FREUD ARCHIVE.

Sigmund Freud may have mastered the dark corners of the psyche, but his grandson Lucian certainly called dibs on all the shadowy secrets embedded in human flesh. The German artist has become one of the most iconic painters of the 20th century, captivating the world with his grotesque yet gorgeous portrayals of the animal side of human existence.

Sigmund Freud called her “the great understander”. Friedrich Nietzsche said of her: “I found no more gifted or reflective spirit … Lou is by far the smartest person I ever knew.” Rainer Maria Rilke sang of her: “…all that I am stirs me, because of you.” Today we pay tribute to Lou Andreas-Salomé – author, pioneering psychoanalyst, truth-seeker, iconoclast, libertine and unrepentant individual.

In this video the British neurologist speaks about his analysis and how it has influenced him.

'What is Psychoanalysis?' is a 4-part educational film series by Freud Museum London​ for students and teachers.

Psychoanalysis asks us to examine the processes of self deception that perpetuate both individual unhappiness and social structures that are inequitable and oppressive. Yet psychoanalytic education has for the most part focused on training and treating the relatively privileged. The Black psychoanalysts here examine this dilemma and engage in a vibrant and thought provoking discussion about race, culture, class and the unrealized promise of psychoanalysis.

“I was making frequent use of cocaine at that time ... I had been the first to recommend the use of cocaine, in 1885, and this recommendation had brought serious reproaches down on me.”    ― Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams

On April 21, 1884, a 28-year-old researcher Freud composed a letter to his fiancée, Martha Bernays, telling her of his recent studies: “I have been reading about cocaine, the effective ingredient of coca leaves,” Sigmund Freud wrote, “which some Indian tribes chew in order to make themselves resistant to privation and fatigue.”

Karen Horney was a pioneering theorist in personality, psychoanalysis, and her critique of some of Sigmund Freud's views led to the founding of feminist psychology.

“The Single Most ‘French’ Moment in all of 1972: Jacques Lacan Accosted, But No One Stops Smoking.”

This is a wonderful story from Lacan's clinic as told by Suzanne Hommel, in analysis with Lacan in 1974.

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John Cale, Welshman, and former member of seminal rock band the Velvet Underground was interviewed in the Guardian:

… what about the night Andy Warhol got the Velvet Underground to play a convention of psychiatrists at Delominco’s steak house? The psychiatrists were appalled. “That was revenge – Lou’s revenge,” Cale says, “and I was all for it.” As a teenager, Reed had been given electric shock treatment to “cure” him of homosexuality. “Lou and I were going to put out a record with his psychiatrist’s letter on one side and my arrest record* on the other,”

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