Has Freud’s Sofa Become A Religious Relic?

The older I get, the more I view Freud as a thinker and writer, not as a scientist. The Guardian has a different view of his import: ‘The shadow of [Freud] still looms over modern culture. Freud is so famous that his couch is venerated like a religious relic. An exhibit at the Freud Museum in London in September lets visitors see the process of restoring the celebrated piece of furniture upon which patients once relayed their dreams to the inventor of psycholanalysis. The Freud Museum is the house in north London where Freud spent the last part of his life, surrounded by his art collection and books, after the Nazis forced him to flee Vienna, the city where he worked as a doctor and wrote pioneering books such as The Interpretation of Dreams and “The Psychopathology of Everyday Life.”‘

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