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date: 20 June 2021

p. 685. On the analyst’s couchlocked

p. 685. On the analyst’s couchlocked

  • Helen Morales


Two mysteries fascinated Sigmund Freud. The first was how to account for the power of myth to move a modern audience. The second related to the mind. He wanted to know how it worked. ‘On the analyst's couch’ relates the classical myths to psychoanalysis. Psychoanalysis and Greek mythology are on opposite sides of the same coin: without classical mythology, there would be no psychoanalysis. There is a dynamical relationship between the two. They have had impacts on each other, both positive and negative. Freud was passionate about Greek myths. He was hugely influential in the on-going history of Greek mythology. Can psychoanalysis now move beyond classical myth?

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