The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water.
Sigmund Freud the most influential thinker of the 20th century lived and worked in Vienna for more than half of his life. He explored the human mind more thoroughly than any other thinker before him.
Freud was radical in his ideas, he promoted cocaine as the medicine, but figured it out that this idea can be very addictive and dangerous. Although he is one of the most successful and respected intellectual in history, he was often unhappy and obsessed with his death. He was even convinced that he will die between 61 and 62 years of age, although he died at the age 83. He claimed that all people are driven by the pleasure principle and that all of our life we are trying to control and suppress this principle in order to function normally in a society. These disturbances he called neurosis and he used them to explain a lot of things and even fail in societies and constant wars. In order to cope with neurosis Freud developed set of theories and therapeutic techniques called psychoanalysis.
Freud was his own the most loyal patient and was obsessed with explaining the simple question “Why the life is hard”. He also helped us to understand why our relationships and our lives in general are full of pain and confusion.
If you have asked yourself the same or similar questions, or you are in general interested in this genius it could be a good idea to visit Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienna, at Berggasse 19. The museum is located in the apartment building, where his practice was located and where he used to live with his family for 47 years before he fled Austria from Nazis due to his Jewish ancestry. At this address Freud wrote the most of his writings. Museum also incorporates the biggest library dedicated to psychoanalysis. Part of the original furniture from the practice’s waiting room and some of the original items owned by Freud can be seen at display.
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