Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud (6 May 1856 – 23 September 1939) was an Austrian neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis, a clinical method for treating psychopathology through dialogue between a patient and a psychoanalyst. Freud's work has suffused contemporary Western thought and popular culture.

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Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.

Analogies, it is true, decide nothing, but they can make one feel more at home.

What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.

A civilization which leaves so large a number of its participants unsatisfied and drives them into revolt, neither has nor deserves the prospect of a lasting existence.

The psychical whatever its nature may be is itself unconscious.

The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind.

The ego is not master in its own house.

Yes America is gigantic but a gigantic mistake.

Analysis does not set out to make pathological reactions impossible but to give the patient's ego freedom to decide one way or another.

Civilized society is perpetually menaced with disintegration through this primary hostility of men towards one another.

A man should not strive to eliminate his complexes but to get into accord with them: they are legitimately what directs his conduct in the world.

The first requisite of civilization is that of justice.

The goal of all life is death.

Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.

Every normal person in fact is only normal on the average. His ego approximates to that of the psychotic in some part or other and to a greater or lesser extent.

He that has eyes to see and ears to hear may convince himself that no mortal can keep a secret. If his lips are silent he chatters with his fingertips, betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.

I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection.

The mind is like an iceberg it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water.

The liberty of the individual is no gift of civilization. It was greatest before there was any civilization.

Neurotics complain of their illness but they make the most of it and when it comes to talking it away from them they will defend it like a lioness her young.

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