The main hotspot for psychoanalysis now, she says, is Eastern Europe and Russia.
'Present Russian society is very open to any therapeutic help. So we have close connections to Moscow and St. Petersburg, because they have severe issues in terms of family problems, homeless children and alcoholism.'
She also notes that at least one Indian doctor has tried to mesh psychoanalysis with his native culture.
'And I'm no expert on this, but I think one of the very interesting future viewpoints will be if Islamic societies would try to integrate psychoanalytic findings in their culture.'
And I'm thinking: heaven help us.
|Time's cover from 1993|
Like its namesake, the museum tends to promote the Freudian myth rather than the reality, though maybe it's wrong to expect a place called the Sigmund Freud Museum in the homeland of Hitler to be objective. It might be too much to ask—if this weren't the home of modern self-analysis.
As I'm on my way out, a staff member mentions that contrary to the impression the museum gives, Freud actually had his practice downstairs when he wrote some of his most famous works, including The Interpretation of Dreams.
'So we do some lying up here,' the staffer jokes.
Old Sigmund would feel right at home.
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