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  • ''The doctor should be opaque to his patients and, like a mirror, should show them nothing but what is shown to him.''
    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. repr. in Complete Works, vol. 12, eds. James Strachey and Anna Freud (1958). Recommendations to Physicians Practising Psycho-Analysis, sct. G (1912). On the ideal practice of psychoanalysis.
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  • ''Woe to you, my Princess, when I come ... you shall see who is the stronger, a gentle little girl who doesn't eat enough or a big wild man who has cocaine in his body.''
    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. Letter, June 2, 1884, to his fiancée, Martha Bernays. "The Cocaine Episode," vol. 1, ch. 6, Ernest Jones, Sigmund Freud: Life and Work (1953). Freud added, "I am just now busy collecting the literature for a song of praise to this magical substance," though his interest in cocaine ended with his repudiation of it and a long-lasting sense of reproach.
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  • ''Like the physical, the psychical is not necessarily in reality what it appears to us to be.''
    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. The Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, volume XIV, tr. And ed. James Strachey, "The Unconscious," p. 171, The Hogarth Press (1966-74).
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  • ''The psychical, whatever its nature may be, is itself unconscious.''
    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. The Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, volume XIV, tr. And ed. James Strachey, "Some Elementary Lessons," p.283, The Hogarth Press (1966-74).
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  • ''all the categories which we employ to describe conscious mental acts, such as ideas, purposes, resolutions, and so on, can be applied to ... these latent states.''
    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. The Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, volume XIV, tr. And ed. James Strachey, "The Unconscious," p. 168, The Hogarth Press (1966-74).
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  • ''The only bodily organ which is really regarded as inferior is the atrophied penis, a girl's clitoris.''
    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. repr. in Complete Works, vol. 22, eds. James Strachey and Anna Freud (1964). "The Dissection of the Psychical Personality," lecture 31, New Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis (1933). Freud was refuting the claims of "Individual Psychologists" that the "inferiority complex" can be traced back to self- perceived organic defects.
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  • ''Analysis does not set out to make pathological reactions impossible, but to give the patient's ego freedom to decide one way or another.''
    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. repr. in Complete Works, vol. 19, eds. James Strachey and Anna Freud (1961). The Ego and the Id, ch. 5, note (1923).
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  • ''He that has eyes to see and ears to hear may convince himself that no mortal can keep a secret. If his lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.''
    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. repr. in Complete Works, vol. 7, eds. James Strachey and Anna Freud (1953). "The First Dream," Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria (1905). Freud thus justified his interest in symbolism: "and thus the task of making conscious the most hidden recesses of the mind is one which it is quite possible to accomplish."
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  • ''A civilization which leaves so large a number of its participants unsatisfied and drives them into revolt neither has nor deserves the prospect of a lasting existence.''
    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. (Originally published 1927). The Future of an Illusion, vol. 6, ch. 2, Complete Works, Standard Edition, eds. James Strachey and Anna Freud (1961).
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  • ''Devout believers are safeguarded in a high degree against the risk of certain neurotic illnesses; their acceptance of the universal neurosis spares them the task of constructing a personal one.''
    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. repr. in Complete Works, vol. 21, eds. James Strachey and Anna Freud (1961). The Future of an Illusion, ch. 8 (1927).
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