Doctor Freud is in the House

By Eric Olson

October 30, 2012 Updated Oct 30, 2012 at 9:32 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Indiana--He’s with us to this day, in words and phrases like psychoanalysis, egotist, dream therapy, anal retentive and Freudian slip. In addition to widening our vocabulary Sigmund Freud widened our understanding of ourselves and how our minds work and through the end of December, a very significant part of the good doctor will be with us here in Fort Wayne.

The Karpeles Manuscript Museum is hosting some of Sigmund Freud’s most revolutionary writings and correspondence…his handwritten theory’s of dream analysis…this 1935 letter to a friend discusses dream length..are the brief or are dreams as long as we think they are. This page from his landmark paper on migraine headaches, their cause and treatment. And this letter to a patients husband saying his wife’s exhaustion between bouts of depression are a symptom of her illness. But there is much that is personal here. In this letter to a friend he says he doubts the Nazi’s will have much affect on life in Austria. Soon after the Nazi’s annexed Austria and Freud fled to England, much of his family remaining behind.

“In the end he lost four of five of his sisters to the concentration camps that were set up in central Europe,” says museum director Lisa Olinger.

There are other insights here to the great man, letters to his nephew in America, a pr man who made Freud’s books famous here. Freud talks a lot about his newfound fame and fortune. Freud died of cancer in 1939 before World War Two transformed the face of Europe, but what the good doctor wrote about us, our minds, our fears and our dreams, altered the landscape of Man more completely and permanently than the Adolph Hitler could ever dream of. Eric Olson out in Your Country.

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