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Old 02 April 2008, 01:31 AM
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Glasses Freud: Psychoanalysis doesn't work on the Irish

Comment: I've found versions of the following quotation attributed to
Freud throughout the internet:

"The Irish are a race for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever."

I haven't been able to find any context for the quotation. Do you know
whether he said it?
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Old 02 April 2008, 09:03 AM
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From the Freud Museum's website:


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This remark is discussed in the Oscar-winning movie The Departed. However, there is no evidence Freud ever said it.
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Old 02 April 2008, 10:28 AM
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...and here's me thinking psycholanalysis was of no use whatsoever full stop.

Ba-Zing!

...but seriously folks, i'm guessing Freud never met many Irish folk, given Mum, Mass and the Merry Mile i'd have assumed they'd be walking test cases!
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Old 02 April 2008, 02:35 PM
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Although Freud died in London he was only there for the last few years ofhis life, having spent almost all his career in Austria. Although he may have had a few Irish patients there would not have been enough to generalize (and of course if he had said it we English would quote it every few minutes)
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